You Might (Or Might Not) Be Surprised At How the Pledge of Allegiance Came About

Capitalism is a layered concept that is inextricable from the fabric of American society.

Case in point: This short video from NPR that talks about how the pledge of allegiance really became so widespread as to be recited in schools.

In a nutshell: Just like the national anthem being played at NFL games, it was just a marketing ploy. In an effort to present a more united United States post-Civil War, the publishers of the Youth’s Companion magazine gave free American flags to the students who sold more subscriptions. A copywriter created the pledge as part of that, and it took off and was in just about all schools by the time World War I started and people were at a nationalist peak.

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