I pledge allegiance to my Flag*
And to the Republic for which it stands,
One Nation indivisible
With Liberty and justice for all.
U. S. moppetsstimulated by Chicago's Columbian Exposition and promotional propaganda of the Youth's Companionfirst chanted these immortal words on the first official Columbus Day, in 1892. For over 40 years, however, there has been no certainty who wrote them.
One of the posthumous claimants was Francis Bellamy, who, in 1892, was an editorial employe of the Youth's Companion in Boston. Mr. Bellamy unquestionably did a job of propaganda to revive patriotic fervor and incidentally stimulated the thriving circulation of the...