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Smart Talk: Through the Perilous Fight author

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 9, 2014 3:25 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, September 10, 2014:

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Two-hundred years ago, during the War of 1812, the still young United States was struggling to survive.  The British were chalking up victories on the battlefield and the lowest point of all came in August 1814, when the British attacked and burned Washington -- the nation's capital.

What we call the White House today -- the president's home -- along with the capitol building were both destroyed by fire.

The British set their sights next on Baltimore but Americans were prepared this time and repelled a three day bombardment of Fort McHenry.

On September 14, 1814, Maryland attorney Francis Scott Key waited impatiently on a ship nearby and was so moved when he saw the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry that he jotted down words that later were put to music and became the Star Spangled Banner -- the national anthem.

One of the best accounts of the events leading up to the attack on Washington and Fort McHenry is Steve Vogel's book, Through the Perilous Fight -- The Six Weeks that Saved the Nation.

Vogel appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk to tell the fascinating story.

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  • alisons img 2014-09-10 08:29

    We lived in Canada for several years and discovered when our kids went to school that Canadians teach 1812 as "the war with the US." They think the U.S. invaded their territory. And they think they won. They have a whole candy company named after Laura Secord, an American-born woman who warned Canada of an impending attack. The fort at Halifax, NS, was built to repel American invasion.

    It's a totally different picture from Canada. Would love to hear your guest's thoughts on this.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-10 08:49

    Jack emailed:

    Has your guest explored the Masonic affiliation between the various parties concerned in the attack on Fort McHenry. The grand Lodge of Maryland has done an immense amount of research on the subject. It's fascinating

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-10 08:56

    Sue emailed:

    Hello! Listening to your show, very interesting.. Francis Scott Key always remembered as a great citizen song writer!!..
    Was wondering, you mentioned an elderly doctor in Maryland whom the British took prisoner, obviously even though he must have medically treated soldiers on both sides; were the doctors in America at that time men who came here already medical doctors & imported from other countries , such as England, or were there doctors here who attended medical school in America? If so, what medical schools were here in America at that time? Thank you, Sue