The Stars and Stripes
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The BBC is an iconic British institution and one of the world’s most respected broadcasters, spanning television, radio, film and the internet. Renowned for its public service ethic, ‘Aunty Beeb’ is a fundamental part of the cultural fabric of Britain.
Why do Americans love their flag so much? Whatever other American icons come and go, one thing remains to rally the people – the Stars and Stripes. Dr Adam Smith, senior lecturer in history at UCL takes a look at the origin and life of the star-spangled banner. Its story explains why it holds such an important place in the hearts of the people who live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.