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National Anthem in sign language

Sign language versions of the U.S. National Anthem (The star-spangled banner) can be seen on the following videos:

  • Patriotic spirit: Patriotic Songs in ASL. (DVD, 2007)

    In addition to The Star Spangled Banner, included are America the beautiful, America (My Country 'Tis of Thee), and several other songs. Also included is a signed version of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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  • We sign: Patriotic songs. (VHS, 2002?)
    In addition to the National Anthem, this video includes signed renditions of America, America the beautiful, Battle hymn of the Republic, God bless America, Grand old flag, Yankee Doodle, and Yankee Doodle boy.
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A printed version of the signed National Anthem, in a modified English text "gloss" plus some notes on how to sign it, can be found in the Baptist book Sing praise: hymnal for the deaf (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1975). See hymn # 231. This book is now out of print, but remaining stock may still be available in religious bookstores or by mail order through Amazon.com 

In addition, a search on various Web search engines will yield several videos offering examples of the National Anthem in sign language. For example:

Star Spangled Banner in ASL: A conceptually-focused version using pure ASL.

National Anthem in Context: Another conceptual ASL video, this time incorporating historical context.

 

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Prepared by Tom Harrington
Reference and Instruction Librarian
April, 2003
Updated May, 2010
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