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Francis Scott Key and the Defense of Fort McHenry


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  • Directors: Sean Mobley
  • Writers: Sean Mobley
  • Producers: Sean Mobley
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: MV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 13 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KKYA9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As September of 1814 dawns, the War of 1812 isn't looking good for the United States. After burning Washington, D.C. to the ground, the British forces set their sights on Baltimore, Maryland. As the British fleet descends on the city, a young American lawyer named Francis Scott Key is on an official mission of parley to the British fleet to secure the release of a political prisoner. While on board the British ships, however, the fleet unleashes a powerful, 25 hour bombardment on Fort McHenry, the city's bastion of defense. Key, powerless, looks on at the bombardment. Caught up in the confusion of the battle, Key turns to writing a poem...a poem which is destined to become the National Anthem of the United States. Who was Francis Scott Key? How did he end up in Baltimore Harbor on this fall evening? And how did Key’s firsthand account of that battle become the most important poem in American History? This documentary short sets out to answer these questions, shot on location in Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland and Washington, D.C. with the cooperation of the National Park Service, United States Naval Academy, St. John’s College, and the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly H. Tatum on December 16, 2012
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Terrific brief history of the battle, the origin of the flag that flew over Ft McHenry, and how and why Francis Scott Key was in the harbor during the battle and through until the morning and saw the American flag "was still there". Great for students who need to learn more about our nation's history to appreciate it and as citizens of our country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ottousmc on February 25, 2012
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Very good documentary. It is short, perfect for teachers. If people knew the story behind our National Anthem, the maybe they would take a little more pride, and have a little more respect when it is played.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Baldwin on October 5, 2014
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It moves pretty fast. Great for adults or high school students. Moves just a touch too quickly for middle school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna Marie F. Berchtold on October 17, 2014
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great documentary - not too long - perfect for school.
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