land of the free

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Etymology[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

land of the free

  1. The United States of America
    • 1814, Key, Francis Scott, The Defence of Fort McHenry:
      O! say does that star-spangled Banner yet wave, / O'er the land of the Free, and the home of the brave?
    • 1839 April, “Italian Historians”, in The North American Review, volume 48, number 103, page 330:
      [] nowhere but in America could a liberty, so easily acquired, be so easily maintained. Since that time, Heaven has smiled incessantly on the land of the free.
    • 1954, Grant Sherman Henry and Thomas W. Blackburn (lyrics), George Bruns (music), “The Ballad of Davy Crockett”, performed by The Wellingtons:
      Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee / Greenest state in the land of the free