The Life and Times of the Star-Spangled Banner


This is a work of both scholarship and education. I therefore deliberately wrote it in a style that could be read by a middle school reader and at least some students in later elementary school. I figure that scholars can handle anything that middle school students can read, but that the opposite might not be true. Since I don't have an academic reputation to protect and I'm an amateur anyway, I can get away with it.

Lee James was helpful in looking at an early draft. He saved me from several embarrassing errors.

Craig Hansen helped me track down the parody of Waltzing Matilda.

Teresa Lemmaire played the tunes on the flute. She is also my daughter's flute teacher.

Any remaining errors are, of course, mine.