The American's Creed

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The American’s Creed was developed by William Tyler Page in 1917 and accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918. It is a brief, clear statement of American traditions and ideals, as expressed by leading American statesmen and writers. As you read the American’s Creed, you will recognize pieces from the following; Preamble to the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, Declaration of Independence, The Federalist, United States Oath of Allegiance, John Hancock, George Washington’s farewell address, and the War Department Oath of Allegiance.

The American’s Creed

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.