- From the discovery of the country to 1776 there were numerous chants, lyrics and hymns ranging from Indian tribal to African origins to pseudo-American tunes, but I couldn't find anything that is sung today.
- Yankee Doodle? Yes, late 1700's, but the music came from Medieval Europe.
- Star-Spangled Banner? Francis Scott Key wrote the words in 1814, but the melody came from The Anacreontic Song, a British song of debauchery.
- My Country 'Tis of Thee? In 1831 Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics, but the song is, of course, God Save the Queen.
- Johnny Comes Marching Home? Patrick Gilmore is credited with writing the lyrics during the American Civil War in 1863, but there appear to be links regarding the tune to Scotland in the early 1600's.
- The Battle Hymn of the Republic? Julia Ward Howe in 1861 used the music of John Brown's Body, which might have been influenced by William Steffe in 1855, or, maybe came from African origins. There is no absolute certainty.
- Oh! Susanna (1848, became an anthem of the California Gold Rush)
- Camptown Races (1850, sometimes known as Camptown Ldies, for it begins with "Camptown ladies sing dis song)
- Old Folks at Home (1851, state song of Florida)
- My Old Kentucky Home (1853, state song of Kentucky)
- Old Black Joe (1853, servant in Foster's father-in-law's home)
- Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (1854, for his wife, Jane Denny McDowell)
- Beautiful Dreamer (1864, published after his death).
The closest movie about his life was Swanee River in 1940, with Don Ameche and Al Jolson. You would have thought they would have found a better title, for Swanee was written by George Gershwin.
To end, here are the presidential election popular votes as a percentage of the total U.S. population:
% of voting age population, the figure had a recent low of 49% in 1996 and highs just above 60% in the 1960/4/8 cycle. In 2012? 55%. Worst state? Hawaii, at 48.8%. Want to know why? Click here.
U.S. is near the bottom with Australia, Switzerland, Chile, Latvia, Japan, Poland, Estonia and Slovenia. At the top are Belgium at 89%, Turkey 84% and Sweden 83%.