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To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance

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For over one hundred years, it has been deeply ingrained in American culture. Saluting the flag in public schools began as part of a national effort to Americanize immigrants, its final six words imbuing it with universal hope and breathtaking power. Now Richard Ellis unfurls the fascinating history of the Pledge of Allegiance and of the debates and controversies that have ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by University Press of Kansas (first published 2005)
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Barbara
Richard Ellis writes provocatively about a common school staple: the Pledge of Allegiance. The provocation isn’t planted by the author, but is inherent in the material he has researched and revealed. The author presents many points of view, and expresses concern that we as readers and individuals distinguish between true patriotism and manipulation of the Pledge. The book will likely get you to thinking about what America stands for, and how patriotism is best learned and expressed.

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Michael Czeiszperger
Recently I attended an event where the Pledge or Allegiance was recited. Having not seen it in years, the authoritarian and militaristic nature of the ritual struck me as being, well, un-American. How did we as a nation end up participating in something that on the surface seems to have more in common with fascism than American ideals?

As it turns out I wasn't far off. The pledge came into being in the 1890s as a reaction to fears that immigrants were ruining the nation. But not just any immigran
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Rob Olson
It made me cease saying the pledge, which was awkward because I finished it at Boy Scout camp.
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