Pledge Across Delmarva - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

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The History of the Pledge


On September 8, 1892 a Boston-based youth magazine "The Youth's Companion" (The Readers Digest of its day) published a 22-word recitation for school children to use during planned activities the following month to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. Under the title "The Pledge to the Flag", the composition was the earliest version of what we now know as the Pledge of Allegiance.

The original Pledge read as follows: 'I pledge allegiance to my Flag and (to*) the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.' The author Francis Bellamy considered placing the word, 'equality,' in his Pledge, but knew that the state superintendents of education on his committee were against equality for women and African Americans.

 
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