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Children's LiteratureMore than a national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a testament to the moment when the United States proved that it was indeed an independent country; the moment when the regular army of the United States won a decisive victory over the British. During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key witnessed the Battle of Baltimore from a distance while he waited to try to negotiate a friend's release from British captivity. He listened to the bombardment on Fort McHenry. Sailing for Baltimore the next day, Key saw a large United States flag flying over the fort and was inspired to write a poem marking the event. The poem later became the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner," and in 1931 the song was adopted as the National Anthem. Ingram provides an adequate introduction to the War of 1812, though the title of the book can be misleading as the author focuses more on the War of 1812 than the writing of the poem or its later adoption as the national anthem. Full-color illustrations appear throughout; a glossary, an index, and a timeline of events are also included. Part of the "Landmark Events in American History" series. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 to 15.