Patt Morrison for December 22, 2010

The Pledge: one nation indivisible?

Mercer 13094

St. Martin's Press

Peter Meyer stops by the program to discuss the history of the Pledge of Allegiance

"I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands - one nation indivisible - with liberty and justice for all." Jeffrey Owen Jones and Peter Meyer explain in their new book The Pledge that these 23 words were written as the original pledge of allegiance by Francis Bellamy in 1892. Writing just 27 years after the nation's civil war and amidst a tense time of immigrant influx into the country, Bellamy hoped the words "one nation indivisible" would help unite a nation in a fragile time. Little did he know that his pledge would go on to become such a divisive topic in this country, making it to the Supreme Court three times. Should the pledge be recited in public schools? Should it have the words "under God" in it? Peter Meyer stops by the program to discuss the history of this pivotal document in American history and how the debate has evolved.

Guest:

Peter Meyer, author of The Pledge: A History of the Pledge of Allegiance; journalist and former news editor of Life magazine


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