College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in History - Thesis (MA)
Francis, Key, Race, Slavery, Anthem
History | United States History
Richie, Jonathan A., "He Rode Alone: Francis Scott Key as an Advocate for Freedom" (2020). Masters Theses. 691.
Recently Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner have come under increasing historical scrutiny. Claims and allegations of racism and hidden meanings behind the poem have abounded and even led to statues being torn down across the nation. But what is the truth? In reality Francis Scott Key's record on race and slavery is dramatically more complex than the critics would suggest. Indeed, Key spent nearly 40 years of his life advocating in court for the freedom of slaves in Washington DC.