F.S. KEY: AFTER THE SONG continues the story of Francis Scott Key’s life and times after his writing of The Star-Spangled Banner that would become the national anthem in 1814. Rhode Island PBS presents F.S. KEY: AFTER THE SONG on Thursdays, February 14, 21, and 28 at 10 p.m.
The three part series is a window into antebellum society and the attitudes and behavior of Americans on slavery that lead to Civil War - and in some ways still exist to this day.
#101: “The Era of Good Feelings” The episode starts a heartbeat after Jackson’s battle of New Orleans and is a primer on early slavery.
#102: “Might Versus Right" Part two centers on Key’s change in character, his involvement in the Jackson Administration, and his transformation into a political operative.
#103: “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” In the conclusion, Key goes head-to-head with abolitionists’ ideas — and loses.
WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on RI cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on MA cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36, Dish Network 36.