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The History Of 'America The Beautiful'03:46

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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.

This segment aired on February 20, 2017.


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