The Story of The Star-Spangled Banner

An independent production of Make Your Mark Media, Anthem tells the story behind Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and explores the role of music and patriotism during The War of 1812. Featuring musical performances and interviews with historians and music experts from the United States and Great Britain, this one-hour documentary delves into the people, songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the National Anthem of the United States of America.

National public television broadcasts began in June 2013 and have been extended through October 2017. You can check your local listings for broadcast times at American Public Television.

The Anthem Project is an online resource for teachers with lesson plans and activities based on short segments of Anthem.

DVDs of the director's cut are available and may be ordered online

Short Introduction

The first minute of Anthem.

Introduction Part 2

Continuation of the introduction of the film. What were the events that led to the writing of this song? Why should Americans know about Francis Scott Key? How different is the song today?

Anthem Origins

Beginning with the Beef Steak Club in 1735 and leading to a later dining club in London, we explain the origins of the melody that became the tune of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Anthem Preview

In January of 2011, Make Your Mark Media began production on Anthem, a documentary about the history of the Star-Spangled Banner and the Music of the War of 1812. This video focuses on the battle between HMS Shannon & USS Chesapeake.


The Anthem Project

Music of the War of 1812 in America

The Colonial Music Institute

British Naval History

Britannia Naval Research Association

Maryland Historical Society

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