The Pledge

The Pledge

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For more than a century, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance has been a central part of the American Experience. And perhaps because of its ubiquity, this simple flag salute has served not only as a unifying ritual but also as a lightning rod for bitter controversy. Congress's 1954 decision to add qunder Godq to the Pledge has made it the focus of three U.S. Supreme Court cases and at least one other landmark appellate decision. The debate continues today, but along with it exists a widely held admiration and support for this simple affirmation of our shared patriotism. As Jeffrey Owen Jones and Peter Meyer show in their illuminating history, this brief salute to the flag has had an almost magical power to galvanize people's deepest feelings and beliefs about who we are and ought to be as a nation. In that sense, the story of the Pledge of Allegiance is the story of America and the American people.But if we make an exception in his favor I suppose that any anarchist might refuse to salute the flag. ... threat from an a€œanarchista€ when a non-U.S. citizen objected to reciting the Pledge, another New Jersey community during the same year hadanbsp;...

Title:The Pledge
Author:Jeffrey Owen Jones, Peter Meyer
Publisher:Macmillan - 2010-10-12


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