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This patriotic series focuses on the songs, documents, speeches, and poems that have become part of American history and American life today. Through easy-to-read text and historical photographs, students will gain insight into how America's democratic values were formed. In 1814, a young American lawyer named Francis Scott Key watched as British troops attacked Fort McHenry in Baltimore. In the end, the American flag still waved above the fort. Filled with emotion, Key wrote the first lines of The Star-Spangled Banner.