Before 1942, American children pledged allegiance to the flag with the Bellamy Salute so named after Francis Bellamy who wrote the pledge of allegiance in 1892. Worried that it might be confused with the Nazi's Roman salute, Congress changed the salute to simply placing a hand over the heart.
Pledge of Allegiance & Swastika Secrets: Nazism in the USA from Francis Bellamy & Edward Bellamy by the author Ian Tinny and explaining the discoveries of the historian Dr. Rex Curry
September 8, 1892 - The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited. The original text was, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The phrase "under God" was added in 1954 during the height of the Cold War.
Bellamy Salute 2“The Bellamy salute, first demonstrated on October 12, 1892, was described by Francis Bellamy to accompany the American Pledge of Allegiance, which he had authored. “When Italian fascists and Nazis adopted a similar salute, it was officially replaced by the hand-over-heart salute when Congress amended the Flag Code on December 22, 1942.”
The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who was a Baptist minister. The original "Pledge of Allegiance" was published in the September 8 issue of the popular children's magazine The Youth's Companion as part of the National Public-School Celebration of Columbus Day, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. The Pledge was supposed to be quick and to the point. Bellamy designed it to be recited in 15 seconds.
Feeling ran high in Depression-stricken U.S. against getting involved in Europe's political turmoil. In some areas, this "noninterventionist" sentiment escalated into outright sympathy for Germans. One such place was Yaphank, Long Island. There, a camp called Siegfried was set up by the pro-Nazi German-American Bund, an organization that received covert financial support from Berlin. In the summer of 1937, Bundsmen from Camp Siegfried carried the Nazi flag alongside Old Glory through…
In 1892, The Pledge of Allegiance Was Created By Francis Bellamy, An Editor For The Educational Publication, "The Youth's Companion" Who Wanted The Country's Public Schools To Commemorate That Year's Columbus Day. It Turned Into An Annual Columbus Day Tradition And Soon It Became A Daily Tradition.