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  • 'Star-Spangled Banner' was once a song of drinking, sex

    'Star-Spangled Banner' was once a song of drinking, sex
    Americans this weekend will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the poem that became the nation’s national anthem, a bit of verse written by a pro-slavery lawyer put to the melody of a British song┬áthat praised drinking and sex. Oh, say what?...
  • Annapolis artist puts his stamp on the Battle of Baltimore

    Annapolis artist puts his stamp on the Battle of Baltimore
    Exploding cannon fire lit the sky and reflected off the water as rain poured down on American soldiers struggling to defend Fort McHenry against a British attack. It was September 1814, and after the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key penned the...
  • Flag rises by dawn's early light, closing out Fort McHenry festivities

    Flag rises by dawn's early light, closing out Fort McHenry festivities
    With a cool breeze blowing on Fort McHenry, about 30 Army honor guard soldiers stood at attention for 15 minutes while holding a large U.S. flag decorated with 15 stars. When the fort's morning gun blasted at 9 a.m., dozens of soldiers, politicians...
  • A spectacular weekend for Baltimore [Editorial]

    A spectacular weekend for Baltimore  [Editorial]
    After something of a rough week, the city showed off its best to a national audience with this weekend's Star Spangled Spectacular, packing downtown with residents and tourists alike to celebrate a singular moment in American history. The rain cleared...
  • MPT salutes all who made Baltimore spectacular [Letter]

    MPT salutes all who made Baltimore spectacular [Letter]
    Our words weren't exactly, "Let's put on a show," but they could have been. Maryland Public Television is forever grateful to PBS, the "Great Performances" series and our colleagues at WNET in New York for responding to our 2012 invitation to join us in...
  • Preserve War of 1812 historic sites [Letter]

    While Maryland is going to great lengths to commemorate the Fort McHenry battle from the War of 1812, little effort has gone into acknowledging several Savage residents: Commodore Joshua Barney in the Battle of Bladensburg or his son-in-law, Nathanial F....
  • Canadians discover wreck of 19th-century ship that may have fought in Battle of Baltimore

    Canadians discover wreck of 19th-century ship that may have fought in Battle of Baltimore
    A Royal Navy ship whose "bombs bursting in air" inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner" two centuries ago may have been discovered Sunday in Arctic waters. Canadian officials found what they believe is either HMS Erebus or HMS...
  • 'Goodell mishandled this situation from start to finish'

    This should have been a totally tall week for Baltimore — tall ships and Blue Angels for War of 1812 commemorations; the Orioles, ever closer to a division title, back home to play the Yankees; Derek Jeter bidding farewell to Camden Yards; the...
  • Tall ships arrive in Baltimore as excitement for Star-Spangled bicentennial grows

    Tall ships arrive in Baltimore as excitement for Star-Spangled bicentennial grows
    The tall ships — old showboats that they are — danced into Baltimore looking regal and festooned, the stateliest of guests at an affair expected to bring President Barack Obama to Baltimore. "It's a ballet, with a couple hard-rock pieces...
  • The ship that bombed Baltimore [Letter]

    Canada may have given Baltimore a bi-centennial gift the other day when its prime minister announced the discovery of one of two Arctic exploration ships that were lost in the late 1840s. The two vessels, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, were Royal Navy...
  • The legacy of the Battle of Baltimore [Commentary]

    Two-hundred years ago, a Maryland-born lawyer watched as British forces bombarded Fort McHenry at the Battle of Baltimore. At dawn, against all odds, the massive star-spangled banner flew over the fort, signaling America's triumphant defense of Baltimore....