Bo Rader, The Baltimore Sun
July 11, 2012
As you might recall from history class, relations between Great Britain and the U.S. of A. have not always been so rosy. There was the little matter of the Revolution, of course. And then there was the Revolution redux, better known as the War of 1812 -- a little skirmish where the Brits burned Washington and nearly took Baltimore. That's where Fort McHenry comes in: inspired by the sight of his country's flag still waving proudly after a heavy British naval bombardment, Frederick lawyer Francis Scott Key wrote a poem that, when put to music, would become our National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Nowadays, the Brits and Americans get along fabulously, and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is one of Baltimore's biggest tourist attractions. Ah, progress.
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