There were facts generally not discussed in history classes that brought America to the
moment in time that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the Star Spangled Banner.
Britain, forever short of fighting men, need additional troops to prosecute our American Revolution. About 30,000 Hessians (German men from the German state of Hesse-Cassel) served alongside British regular troopers. The native population of England was inadequate to support British armed forces so the practices to fill the ranks were forced conscriptions of native men and the hiring of foreigners.
Leading up to the War of 1812, the British Navy would seize American sailors to serve on British ships through a process called impressment. Impressment sounds nice, but the real action was nothing less than the enslavement of Americans.
Attorney Frances Scott Key watched through the night the British assault on Fort McHenry, Maryland. Out of that experience, Key composed the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem.
We usually only sing the first of four verses. It is the third to which I draw your attention.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
It is the above third verse that is at the root of the Kaepernick conundrum. Mr. Kaepernick believes, probably because he was taught to believe, the slaves mentioned were black slaves. No, they were white Americans enslaved by the British navy. The hirelings were the regular British navy sailors.
There were two classes of British sailors: those that were hired and those that were enslaved.
Do you doubt the foregoing facts? Let’s look to the Declaration of Independence, one grievance listed in the Declaration of Independence.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
Mercenaries mean hirelings.
And another grievance.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
Constrain means to make (someone) do something; compel; to confine forcibly, as by bonds.
Kaepernick will take exception to the fact that little to none of the written history of the American Revolution or the songs sung about it mention black slaves. However, I wish to highlight three black American revolutionary patriots who courageously fought alongside white patriots: Jack ‘Prince’ Sisson, Wentworth Cheswell, and James Armistead.
Leftists use historical revisionism to shape the future of our country. I often say, “When someone steals your history they can control your destiny.” I sense Kaepernick’s history was stolen from him at his alma mater, the University of Nevada, Reno.
This July 4th, 2018, let’s recover our true history toward the goal of making America great again.