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View Poll Results: Who created the Star Spangled Banner, the specific flag that inspired Francis S. Key?
Francis Scott Key himself. 1 14.29%
George Washington's wife. 0 0%
Mary Pickersgill. 4 57.14%
Betsy Ross. 2 28.57%
Voters: 7. This poll is closed

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Old 08-14-2010, 10:28 AM
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Without using Google or Wikipedia or any similar source, answer the following poll regarding our nation's most famous flag.

""The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from "Defence of Fort McHenry",[1] a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812." (Source = Wikipedia)

So who actually created the flag that inspired our national anthem?
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Without using Google or Wikipedia or any similar source, answer the following poll regarding our nation's most famous flag.
Francis Scott Key!!!!!!!
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Francis Scott Key!!!!!!!
You got an answer out before I had a chance to add the poll! Keep in mind though, that this question is about the flag itself, and not the song.
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You got an answer out before I had a chance to add the poll! Keep in mind though, that this question is about the flag itself, and not the song.
Yes, I was being a smart-ass.

Contrary Mary made it.
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You got an answer out before I had a chance to add the poll! Keep in mind though, that this question is about the flag itself, and not the song.
A sad case of premature expostulation.
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this feels like the tests I took in school and I still have nighhtmares, thank you very much!
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this feels like the tests I took in school and I still have nighhtmares, thank you very much!
Yeah but you can't always count on the answers that would have been considered correct at the time...
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side note (and I didn't know specifically who made it)...

There were two flags there actually...one smll one for the fort itself, and a HUUUUGE one that was displayed as a "stick-in-the-eye" to the attacking fleet...sort of a "We're still here, a-holes!" type of thing.

Since Key was actually on a British ship when he wrote the SSB, it was the HUUUUGE one that he wrote of...

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Default Re: Jlarsen's Knowledge of American History Poll Series: The Star Spangled Banner

Betsy Ross is the person given credit for sewing the original banner of our fledgling nation, however I am certain an ancestor of my Aunt Lillian was around somewhere
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The correct answer is Mary Pickersgill. Contrary to what many of us were taught in school, it was not Betsy Ross.
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