Flag Day (June 14) commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes banner as the flag of the United States. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s poem to the flag, which became ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ To celebrate both occasions, Smithsonian Folkways has compiled a playlist of American songs rooted in history—the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and even Watergate. Together they represent the diversity of American culture.
2014 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Archibald L. Camp; Big Bill Broonzy; Bob Kirkpatrick; Brownie McGhee; Fort Kipp Sioux Singers; Guy Carawan; Juanita Johnson; Juanita Johnson and the Gospel Tones; Los Texmaniacs; Montgomery Gospel Trio; Pete Seeger; Sonny Terry; The Nashville Quartet; The X-Seamen's Institute; Tom Glazer; Woody Guthrie; Colonial Band of Boston