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."





The American's Creed was written in 1917 as part of a National contest by William Tyler Page.
The contest was the idea of the New York State Commissioner of Education, Sterling Chapin.
It was adapted by the U.S. House of Representatives the following year, April 3rd, 1918.

The contest arose as a result of the U.S. involvement in World War I and an effort to restore faith and
Patriotism in our Nation. The Creed reflects on our faith as Americans, the fundamentals of our history
and our historical traditions.

Various phrases in the Creed were used from famous historical documents such as
The Declaration Of Independence, The Constitution, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.