Lead: In September 1892, Baptist minister Francis Bellamy published his simple flag salute for school children. Designed to recognize Columbus’ voyage, today it is known as the Pledge of Allegiance.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Francis Bellamy, cousin of American novelist Edward Bellamy, was part of the Christian Socialist movement in the late 19th century. Born in Mount Morris, New York, in 1855, he was educated at the University of Rochester and Rochester Theological Seminary and entered the Baptist ministry in 1879. Twelve years later, Bellamy became an editor for a popular and widely circulated Boston magazine—The Youth’s Companion.

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