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The Bowery Boys: New York City History

The Making of the Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance feels like an American tradition that traces itself back to the Founding Fathers, but, in fact, the original version is only written in 1892.

(And the version you may be familiar with from elementary school is less than 70 years old.)

This is the story of the invention of the Pledge, a set of words that have come to embody the core values of American citizenship. And yet it began as part of a for-profit magazine promotion, written by a Christian socialist minister.

Listen to the pledge wording evolve throughout the years and discover the shocking salute that once accompanied it.

Featuring: Tom Meyers as the voice of Francis Bellamy, the inventor of the pledge. This is a reedited, remastered version of an episode of Greg's spin-off show The First, originally released in 2017

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And after listening, please read this article by Sam Roberts on questions over the pledge's authorship

The Bowery Boys: New York City History
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