Meaning of "Under God"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at yale.edu
Sat Mar 27 19:09:09 PST 2004


On Sat, 27 Mar 2004, Dellinger, Walter wrote:

> Such opposition might have taken several forms.  (1) Some adherents to the
> current Court's view of 'state sovereignty' might object to the fact that
> the pledge, adopted after the Civil War at the behest of northern unionists
> some say,  was apparently intended to bring the South to its knees.  Just as
> the Confederates to be pardoned had to swear an oath to the Union, the
> children in the South were to be led in proclaiming and pledging in unison
> allegience to "the Republic, One Nation Indivisible" -- which I believe was
> intended as a repudiation of 'dual sovereignty' views of the South  (Can the

Actually, the Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892...

Fred Shapiro


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