Literary Award Essay Contest



Be the first to earn the distinguished David B Manuel Literary Award award to promote historical archival research projects about our founding fathers and colonial heritage of the era of 1812.


David was  a Double Day Editor and Naval Radar Specialist. His patriotism and skill inspired great passion to write the all time best-seller: THE LIGHT & THE GLORY with co author: Peter Marshall Jr.

On June 24, 2017, the  annual award will be granted in two categories: Junior Writer and Senior Author.

“The Senior Author” award will be conferred for a published/distributed work that defines the war of 1812 and the inspirational merit of the Star Spangled Banner.

“The Junior Writer” award will be conferred for an essay of 200 words exactly, that defines the war of 1812 and the inspirational merit of the Star Spangled Banner. Cited references must be footnoted. The age category is 7 to 18 years of age. It must be typed and emailed to

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    • Historical Resolution #550.
      Listen to the lead song sample on line

      LYRICS of 4 verses of the Star Spangled Banner:

    • O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
      What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
      Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
      O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
      And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
      Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
      O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
    • On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
      Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
      What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
      As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
      Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
      In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
      ‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
    • 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 washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
      No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
    • (see the article on Francis Scott Key that explains this did not refer any prejudice towards a race of men, but rather to the British who had tricked them into being hirelings on board the ship fighting Ft. McHenry with the lure of FREE passage to Rum Islands, which instead ended up in dead floating bodies that took the bullets for them in the Baltimore Harbor! And that the British were fueling the slave trade!)

      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.

    • O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
      Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
      Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
      Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
      Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
      And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
      And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
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      The title of the album is historical and comes directly from the last verse of the national anthem from 1812 and is confirmed as such by 2014 US Senate

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