Proof Through The Night
Oh Say, Can You See...? In the 200 years since Francis Scott Key first wrote those words on the back of a letter they have inspired millions. The hope and joy expressed in the American National Anthem are so moving that more than five million people signed petitions for its official adoption. Yet few people realize that within those words is a profound expression of Christian's faith and gratitude for deliverance.
Told though the words of eyewitnesses and those who knew Francis Scott Key best, this hour-long presentation tells the story not only of the song, but of the man and the beliefs that inspired it.
Francis Scott Key was a lawyer, a father and a church leader. But he was not a songwriter or a professional poet. Yet, his words captured the sense of hope and optimism that continue to define America.
As he wrote:
May the heaven rescued land
Praise the power that hath
made and preserved us a nation
Then conquer we must
When our cause it is just
And this be our motto
In God is our trust.
Optional English Subtitles
Epilogue: What Happened to These People?
A Poem Becomes an Anthem: The 177-year-long adoption process
Dramatic reading of all four verses ofThe Star Spangled Banner