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'The Star-Spangled Banner' and Slavery
September 29, 2016, Snopes by David Emery

An old controversy concerning the meaning of "The Star-Spangled Banner" re-erupted in August 2016 after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick explained his refusal to stand during pre-game renditions of the national anthem as a protest against racial oppression.

...Others came to Kaepernick's defense, citing what has been termed a "celebration" of slavery to be found in the lyrics of "The Star Spangled Banner
What Is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play?
September 22, 2016, Priceonomics by Dan Kopf

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, but his work is more popular than ever. Every year, hundreds of professional productions of his plays are put on in the United States alone, and there are over seventy Shakespeare festivals around the world. No other playwright comes close.

One of the most astonishing aspects of Shakespeare’s legacy is that no single play dominates his reputation. While most great artists have a seminal work—Leonardo and the Mona Lisa, Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, Beethoven and Symphony No. 5—this is not true for Shakespeare. Ask people about the play the Bard is best known for, and you will get a variety of answers.

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