News Display: Pledge of Allegiance Is First Used in Public Schools
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 10/01/2017
Uploaded: 11/17/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Immigrants, patriotism, Pledge of Allegiance

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Description/Abstract: News Display: Pledge of Allegiance Is First Used in Public Schools, Thursday, 10/12


Composed by Baptist minister and Christian socialist Francis Bellamy, the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and the United States of America was first used on Columbus Day, October 12, 1892, in public schools as a way to express national solidarity and patriotism. It was designed to be quick and to the point. Congress officially recognized the Pledge on June 22, 1942, during the middle of the second World War. Despite objections to the religious undertone, "under God", it continues to be recited in schools, at baseball games, and many other places.

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