This video is a version of "The Star Spangled Banner" sung by Aretha Franklin and signed by Rosa Lee. America’s national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key based a poem he wrote in in 1814. He wrote the poem after watching British ships bombard Fort McHenry in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland during the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key was inspired by the sight of a large U.S. flag flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak.
The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America, but it hasn't always been that way. The song was originally written as a poem by young American lawyer Francis Scott Key during the war of 1812. He watched helplessly from a British ship as they attacked Fort McHenry. He wanted to know who had won the battle, but he couldn't see which flag was flying above the fort until the 'dawn's early light' the next morning.
Note: We felt that the best way to present this history of the SSB would be to present a segment of the book with captions and audio then followed by Rosa Lee’s ASL of the segment without captions or audio.