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Marc Leepson, What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life

As part of the Star-Spangled 200 celebration, the Pratt Library invites you to meet and hear historian Marc Leepson talk about his new book, What So Proudly We Hailed.

In the first full-length biography of Francis Scott Key in more than 75 years, Leepson explores the life and legacy of Key and reveals unexplored details of the life of this American patriot: how the young Washington lawyer found himself in Baltimore Harbor on the night of September 13-14, 1814; how the poem he wrote morphed into the National Anthem; and his role as a confidant of President Andrew Jackson.

Former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, Marc Leepson is the author of eight books, including Lafayette, Desperate Engagement, Saving Monticello, and Flag.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:30pm

Central Library, Poe Room
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Writers LIVE!

Age Group

Teens, Adults, Seniors

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Thea Jones

Thea Jones left a positive review 9/11/2014

Marc Leepson's presentation was excellent - what a wonderful way for us to start our celebration of this Star-Spangled Banner weekend! We learned lots of very interesting information about Francis (Frank) Scott Key and his family and his Baltimore connections! Thanks to the Enoch Pratt Library for bringing this timely presentation to Baltimore!

Kathie Sweeney

Kathie Sweeney left a positive review 9/11/2014

Marc Leepson was a good speaker and the evening was both enjoyable and informative.

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