The Making of an American Icon
On Sale: June 24, 2008
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More than just the tale of one flag and one song, The
Star-Spangled Banner is the story of how Americans—often in
times of crisis—have expressed their patriotism and defined
their identity through the "broad stripes and bright stars"
of our preeminent national symbol, a tradition that still
The original flag that inspired Francis Scott Key "by the
dawn's early light" has been cared for by the Smithsonian
since 1907. The dramatic story of this flag—and of the
Smithsonian's effort to save it for posterity—are told here
in this lavishly illustrated book that also explores the
broader meaning of the flag in American life.
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