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Pledge of Allegiance 1945, before they added "Under God"

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Published on Jan 22, 2008

This is the complete first minute of "War Comes to America," part seven of the propaganda series "Why We Fight," released 14 June 1945. I have not edited out any video or audio from that first minute. The pledge is repeated with subtitles showing what the kids are saying, but there's no other tricky editing.

According to Wikipedia, Eisenhower signed into law on June 14, 1954, a bill adding "under God" to the official wording of the pledge, after lobbying from the Knights of Columbus.

Here's the IMDB page for War Comes to America:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183997/

The complete film is public domain and can be streamed or downloaded from the Internet Archive at
http://www.archive.org/details/wwf_wa...

Here's Porky Pig reciting the pledge before "Under God" was added:
http://youtu.be/33-5MbIE7eQ

BONUS: You can hear RONALD REAGAN recite the pledge without saying "Under God" in the movie "Joe Smith, American" (1942) and the radio adaptation of it from MGM Theater of the Air (1950).
http://youtu.be/m2LWQ1J7iN0?t=24m10s

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