The motto of the July
1942 flag-cover campaign has been in popular use since the
time of the American Revolution. It originated in the fourth
verse of a 1768 patriotic ballad, The Liberty Song,
by John Dickinson.
During the Civil War, the phrase became a rallying cry for
the Union cause. By the early 20th century, labor unions had
taken up the slogan as a call for solidarity in the struggle
for better working conditions.
In World War II, United We Stand invoked not just American
patriotism but unity among the Allied nations, as expressed
by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands in her address to the
U.S. Congress on August 5, 1942: United we stand, and
united we will achieve victory.
Most recently, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks
of September 11, 2001, the phrase United We Stand reemerged
along with the flag as Americans confronted a new national