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The late producer, journalist, and teacher Jeffrey Jones partnered with former Life magazine news editor Peter Myer for this well-rounded view of the pledge of allegiance. Beginning with its 1892 composition by clergyman Francis Bellamy, the pledge is understood by Meyer and Jones as a product of unstable times, years shaken by Civil War, changing demographic makeup, and increasing economic disparities. Initially a prayer for "intelligent patriotism," the pledge has worked both to unite and divide Americans, and it is this capricious nature that so interests Jones and Meyer-from its original celebratory use as a flag salute at a Columbus Day commemorative hosted by Youth's Companion magazine to its position as a tool to emphasize the principle separation of church and state to its usage as a bulwark against the presumed threat of communism under the Eisenhower administration. Myers and Jones effortlessly pull from their trade, an impressive array of newspapers, magazines and other literature-sewing together a book that succeeds admirably in portraying the pledge as a living oath capable of maturing with and reflecting the attitudes of an ever-evolving nation.
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"A concise and often entertaining history."--The Wall Street Journal
 
"A lively, highly readable account that documents not just the beginning of the Pledge but some of the controversies it triggered."--Tucson Citizen
 
"A worthwhile read for anyone interested in the evolution of the American system and American popular culture."--NYMAS Review
 
"The story of the pledge is a part of American history that is often overlooked. Thanks to Jones and Meyer, that story is now told."--Roll Call
 
"Jones (who died before he finished the book) and Meyer do a thorough job tracing the Pledge's history from the germ in Bellamy's brain to the cultural icon it has become."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312350023
  • ASIN: B006QS6NMO
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew S. Jones on September 28, 2013
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As someone who went to private school, and did not have to recite this every day, this book was very informative. I always found the idea of school children swearing their loyalty to the country they happen to live in slightly creepy, but Jeffrey Jones explains the history of this exercise with clarity and completeness.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Social Historian on March 14, 2013
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Before you rate me, I must make my point clear. After reading Richard J. Ellis's To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance, I figured that this book might add some new insight or elaborate on topics that Ellis did not. Sadly, this book did not deliver. It offers nothing new and the author writing style is fit more for fiction rather than non-fiction. There are too many pointless details (like geographic landscapes of certain areas that have nothing to do with the topic) that the authors gives. In most cases, the authors do not even go into more detail that Ellis did. As of now, I am trying to figure a way to get rid of this book from my personal book collection.
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