Many comparison have been made in modern America about the similarities the Pledge of Allegiance has with brain washing agendas such as those seen in Nazi Germany in the form of the Hitler Youth and vast array of propaganda spread by the Third Reich.
However a more interesting aspect of this almost everyday routine is its curious historic origins. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who was a Christian Socialist as well as a Baptist and the cousin of socialist utopian novelist Edward Bellamy.
The event was conceived and promoted by James B. Upham, a marketer for the magazine, as a campaign to instill the idea of American nationalism in students and sell flags to public schools. According to author Margarette S. Miller this was in line with Upham’s vision which he “would often say to his wife: ‘Mary, if I can instill into the minds of our American youth a love for their country and the principles on which it was founded, and create in them an ambition to carry on with the ideals which the early founders wrote into The Constitution, I shall not have lived in vain.”
As well as not living in vain, he also lived in very comfortable standings as he made a huge profitable sum from the flag selling operation.