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Words 'of America' Added to Pledge of Allegiance Due to Possible Immigrant Confusion

Children pledging allegiance to the American flag in school in the 1950s

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The words "of America" are added to "the flag of the United States" in the Pledge of Allegiance by the National Flag Conference, organized by the leadership of the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The latter words had been added the previous year to replace "my Flag," which had been in the original Pledge of Allegiance written by Francis Bellamy in 1892.

The 1923 change had been made on account of concerns people had over the explosion of immigration in the United States in recent years. The National Flag Conference in Washington, D.C., worried that there might be some confusion about what exactly "my flag" is supposed to mean, decides to avoid any possible confusion by specifying exactly what flag people are supposed to be pledging their allegiance to.

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