Explore the Film

You can watch the film full-length or use segments of it in your classroom.

Two unlikely collaborators, Pulitzer Prize‐winning historian David M. Kennedy and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice team up to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their thorny, cross‐partisan inquiry frames the stories of activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

Through its stories, set in a range of big cities, small towns, and rural areas around the country, the documentary program American Creed wrestles with:

  • questions of immigration and assimilation
  • the dwindling economic prospects of many people in a nation that aspires to opportunity for all
  • the notion that individual ambition and achievement can raise up communities
  • the meaning of citizenship and the challenge of meaningful civic participation and dialogue.

Watch the Trailer

A 2:40 minute trailer is a good way to orient to the main ideas of the film.

Watch the Film

The full film and clips will be available for streaming.

Watch the Stories

Featured clips and reflections on the film by cast members.

Find out more at americancreed.org

Writing Our Future: American Creed is part of the National Writing Project’s family of youth publishing projects, all gathered under the Writing Our Future initiative.

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