The Pledge of Allegiance
In this lesson, provided by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, students discuss the wording of the pledge during times of national
crisis and strife.
In 1892, Francis Bellamy wrote and published the first Pledge of Allegiance in his magazine, Youth’s Companion. It was publicly recited for the first time at the first Columbus Day celebration, held that year. Bellamy’s first pledge read: “I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the Republic for which its stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The pledge soon became popular and was adopted by schools across the nation
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