Huzza! HUZZA! The captain and crew of Constitution were heroes! News of their victory over Guerriere spread fast as soon as Constitution returned to Boston. So when Captain Isaac Hull stepped ashore on the first day of September, the whole city greeted him. Flags flew. Bands played. Cannons fired deafening salutes. And flowers rained down as the captain led his officers down Long Wharf, to a party at the city's finest building, the Exchange Coffee House.
If you listen closely, many popular songs can tell you what’s happening in the world today. The same was true in 1812. The lyrics of Yankee Doodle have often been altered to fit the times and to mock a specific group of people, as they were following the battle against Guerriere. The Star Spangled Banner lyrics began as a poem written by Francis Scott Key about a battle in the War of 1812. By looking closely at the lyrics, your students can learn a lot about the situation at hand. Encourage students to explore their own music collections; can they find any songs with political opinions or that are about current events? (For examples of music and lyrics with history/political opinions, here are some examples: American Soldier by Toby Keith, Where is the Love? by Black Eyed Peas, The Spirit of '43 by Disney, One by Metallic, Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2, The Ballad of the Green Berets by Sgt. Barry Sadler, Imagine by John Lennon.