Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Pledge of Allegiance: A Short, Embarrassing History

You may think 'Under God' and 'with liberty and justice for all'
are original to the Pledge. Guess again…



The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Socialist Baptist Minister named Edward Bellamy in 1892 for a magazine contest. That magazine, The Youth's Companion, was looking for a gimmick to increase circulation and figured that if they could commission something that would become routine in public schools, that would help promote their image.


Bellamy’s version of the Pledge of Allegiance went thusly:

'I pledge allegiance to my flag and the Republic for which it stands one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'
"He had originally wanted to end the pledge with 'equality and fraternity for all'… but those around him felt that it might inadvertently promote extending equality to black people and women, so he went with the patriarchally friendly 'liberty and justice' instead.

(Borrowed from http://kidswithoutgod.com/teens/learn/pledge-of-allegiance/ )

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