The lyrics that became part of America’s national anthem were written 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but were not officially designated as the national tune until 1931. While its words were written in Maryland and its music composed in England, the spirit of celebration in “The Star-Spangled Banner” was familiar to many in Charleston, being a musical and cultural hub in the early republic.

Charleston County Public Library historian Nic Butler examined the roots and the context with which “The Star-Spangled Banner” was received in the Holy City in his latest Charleston Time Machine podcast.

“Its well-known tune was molded by the same Neo-Classical ideas that informed the political thought behind the American Revolution, while the lyric verse celebrates the resilience that empowers the people of Charleston and this nation to persevere in the face of adversity,” Butler said.

A must-subscribe podcast for anyone interested in Charleston and South Carolina history, Butler’s latest Time Machine is a good listen this Fourth of July.