America’s Story: A History of the Pledge of Allegiance is a wonderful book that many will enjoy. It tells the story of our Pledge of Allegiance starting from one man’s dream of a flag for every school to the Pledge being said all over the United States of America. The author talks about patriotism’s growth and development in this country. America decided that it wanted a way to celebrate its flag every day. The book tells about changing the salute to putting your hand over your heart, the addition of “under God”, and other details of the Pledge’s creation. All of these facts are complemented with pictures that add to the story. This book is great for anyone at a middle school reading level or higher. Even adults can appreciate this book. Anyone with an interest in American history will enjoy reading this book because the specifics of the writing of the Pledge fall into line with what was going on at the time. The book tells about both World War Two and The Cold War’s influences on the words and ceremonies of the pledge. The illustrious creation of the Pledge is not only a great story to know, it’s an interesting one too. I sincerely encourage readers of all ages to read this book.
America’s Story: A History of the Pledge of Allegiance is the first account to chronicle the history of the Pledge of Allegiance with original documents and historical photographs, revealing a fascinating slice of America’s past that has, until now, remained hidden from public view. The book begins in 1888 with an advertisement in a mid-19th century journal to sell American flags. Thus began the Schoolhouse Flag Movement, and with it, the genesis of an effort to organize a nationwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America. From the Schoolhouse Flag Movement to the Cold War, every aspect of the development of the Pledge of Allegiance is explained, including why and when the phrase, “under God”, was inserted. The evolution of the flag movement, the accompanying emergence of various salutes, the role of the Chicago World’s Fair in the first Columbus Day celebration, the dramatic account of how the Pledge was nearly left unwritten, the mystery attached to the Pledge’s authorship, and the confusion about the actual date of Columbus’ discovery – all make up the fascinating “story behind the story” that resulted in 13 million children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance one fall day more than one hundred years ago.