WELCOME! Now rise for the singing of our national anthem…

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ALSO FOR HOMEWORK:  Following up on today’s class, I would like you all to listen to the following  4 minute National Public Radio segment entitle “A Spanish Version of the Star Spangled Banner“.  The audio player should load below, but if not, click here to visit the NPR website and use their player.


This radio segment asks the question whether there should be an official Spanish language version of the song, which major musicians (including Wyclef Jean, Pitbull, and many others) released in 2006, entitled “Nuestro Himno” (“Our Anthem”), to accompany nationwide immigration protests. Please respond to this question by commenting on this post.  Just click on the “Leave a Comment” link on the left side of this post near the top and share your response.

Finally, as promised, here is a video of Jimi Hendrix performing the “Star Spangled Banner” live at Woodstock in 1969.  Ask yourself whether you think this version of the anthem is an expression of patriotism, or protest, or perhaps both?

5 thoughts on “WELCOME! Now rise for the singing of our national anthem…”

  1. i think there should be a be an official Spanish language version of the song to accompany nationwide immigration protests because this shows there is support to the Hispanic immigrants in the United states. It wont be the first time the National anthem is translated to another language so i think translating it to Spanish shouldn’t be a big problem. If this is America ‘free country’and ‘country of opportunities’ than people should be free and have the opportunity to translate this song to any langue for the different races to understand it and there shouldn’t be a problem.


    1. Thanks for sharing a very thoughtful comment, Lin! Just a reminder that I would like everyone to select a new gmail address that follows this format: last name + us + class period # @gmail.com. For example, Lin’s new email address should be mousaus6@gmail.com. Also, be sure to sign up to follow “Via Email”. Thank you!


  2. I think the national anthem should be translated in different languages because in all fairness, not everyone speaks the same language!


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