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A Brief History of the NFL, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the Super Bowl and their Tangled Saga of Patriotism and Dissent

February 10, 2022

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5-15 mins
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Presented by The Conversation

Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology, Arts Leadership and Entrepreneurship, explains the complex relationship between the NFL and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” providing historical context with a current lens. The faculty expert highlights the origin of playing the national anthem before sporting events, how it has become a symbol of protest, and the ties to patriotism.

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