For my third book of the New Year 2017, I decided to change it up a little and read about an important person in our nation history. The book called, What so Proud We Hailed by Marc Leepson. A biography about the life of Francis Scott Key. Key is the founder who wrote our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. He wrote the song from his observation during the battle at Fort McHenry or known as the Battle of Baltimore.
I wanted to read a book about Francis Scott Key from recent event in 2016 the dealt with our national anthem. Pro athletes deciding to knee during the national anthem, people calling it racist and that Key was a racist himself because he came from a family who owned slaved and owned a few himself.
There a lot of history discuss in this book. What I got out of it personally was the Francis Scott Key wasn’t a racist. Yes, he was born in a family that had slave, he marry his wife whose family owned large plantation fields and owned many slaves. Keys owned only a few himself, but from the historical context, that how life was. It was the norm for that time, where today we know its wrong. Key represented many black slaves in court who were legally free, but wrongfully taken across states line to states where slavery was legal. Francis Scott Key did a lot for slaves whether you agree with it or not. At the same time he also prosecute slaves accordingly to the law.
There a lot more that you can judge the man’s character from, but you can’t deny that he did a lot for slaves and had an important role in the early years of the United States.