E41 The History and Controversy of the Star Spangled Banner as the U.S. National Anthem

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🎧Welcome back to the Learn English Podcast! As we kick off July, we're celebrating Independence Day, one of the biggest holidays in the United States. This week, we're celebrating by exploring the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." We'll uncover the story of the song's rise to fame, and the controversy surrounding its lyrics.

🇺🇸 Did you know the Star-Spangled Banner wasn't even the official anthem for most of US history? Francis Scott Key, the man behind the song, witnessed a battle during the War of 1812 that inspired his iconic poem that eventually become the anthem. Yet, despite its origins, "The Star-Spangled Banner" didn't become the official national anthem until over a century later.

📚But why has this anthem stirred controversy? We'll discuss the challenging vocal range that makes it notorious among singers and di ... 

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