The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Making of an American Icon

By Lonn Taylor; Kathleen M. Kendrick; Jeffrey L. Brodie

Collins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780060885625, 182pp.

Publication Date: June 24, 2008


More than just the tale of one flag and one song, The Star-Spangled Banner is the story of how Americans—often in times of crisis—have expressed their patriotism and defined their identity through the "broad stripes and bright stars" of our preeminent national symbol, a tradition that still thrives today. The original flag that inspired Francis Scott Key "by the dawn's early light" has been cared for by the Smithsonian since 1907. The dramatic story of this flag—and of the Smithsonian's effort to save it for posterity—are told here in this lavishly illustrated book that also explores the broader meaning of the flag in American life.

About the Author
Lonn Taylor is an authority on the architecture, furniture, and decorative arts of the American Southwest. He had a twenty-year career at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., and also served as director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Winedale Historical Center.