On President’s Day, many Americans remember the leaders whose decisions have helped shape their country. One of those decisions came from Herbert Hoover, who in 1926 decided to name “The Star-Spangled Banner” the national anthem. Some at the time felt he should have picked “America the Beautiful” instead.
Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson revisits a conversation from October 2016 that looks back at the song’s history with Elisa Phelps. She’s director of the collections and library division at History Colorado Center (@HistoryColorado) in Denver, not far from where the song’s words were crafted.