Star Bangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner was a poem written in 1814 during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.  It was adopted as the national anthem in the early 1900s. However, just this year, it has come under scrutiny as the author had been a slave owner and the words are believed by many to have racist undertones. Choose ONE of the following topics below to write on. Use appropriate academic language and argumentation. This is not for you to air any emotion or assumptions but for you to create an argument using research and concrete evidence for an informative position.

You should have an intro with a position statement (thesis) and two body paragraphs that address the prompt using historical detail AND explanation to why that detail answers your position.  Your conclusion should be a summation of your evidence from your paper and position statement from the introduction.

1-1.5 pages max

Make an argument for another song to become our new national anthem that may better represent our current nation.  Be sure to include in your argument at least a portion of the lyrics of your chosen song and the background of the author.