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  1. Pledge of Allegiance • Warm-Up: • Should we have to say the Pledge of Allegiance in school everyday? Why or why not?

  2. Debate.org 34%-Yes 66%- No You cannot enforce patriotism- rote recitation of an altered and flawed declaration of allegiance does not make a person patriotic or loyal to his or her nation. It just means you forced a kid to memorize something and spew it back out without thinking. Never mind the unconstitutional insertion of religious propaganda in the 1950s. • What is so wrong with the Pledge of Allegiance? Is it going to kill you to say it? No! Is it constitutionally correct? Yes. It has always been a part of this country and always will be in schools and government. Whether you like it or not, it will always be a part of American history and rituals. And if you don't like it , leave then.

  3. Origins • Francis Bellamy, a Baptist Minister and socialist, wrote the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892. • In that same year public schools recited it on Columbus Day due to a Presidential Proclamation, the first time the Pledge of Allegiance was said in schools.

  4. How the Pledge of Allegiance has evolved • I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all. • (1923)-I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

  5. Evolution continued… • (1924)- I pledge allegiance to theflag of the United States and to the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all. • (1954)- I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

  6. Final version…. • (1954)-I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. • Louis A. Bowman is credited for starting the push to get that phrase added.  After Congress passed the bill, President Eisenhower signed it into law.  This phrase has led to a lot of debate:

  7. What does it mean? • I pledgeallegianceto the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

  8. In Summary….. • Read John McCain’s speech and answer the following essential question in your journal: • What is the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance and why is it an important tradition in American schools?