Rockets' Red Glare: the War, the Song, and their Legacies

Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

More than 700,000 people every year visit Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the site that inspired our national anthem.  In this series, WYPR tells stories of the War of 1812: the people, the places, and the song.

This series has been funded in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

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A group of ninth graders from Baltimore’s Maritime Industries Academy gets a taste of life in another century through an exhibit on the War of 1812 at the Naval Academy museum in Annapolis and a sail on Pride of Baltimore II, a replica of a Baltimore clipper of that era. They learn, for example, the difference between pirates—just plain crooks—and privateers, who sailed with government issued licenses to steal.  And some students got to take a turn at the helm.

WYPR begins a new project today, “Rockets’ Red Glare: The War, the Song and Their Legacies.” It’s a series of stories examining the continued influence of the War of 1812 and the song it inspired. In this installment, WYPR’s Joel McCord joins a group of Baltimore students as they gain hands-on knowledge.