My American Creed

This piece of artwork represents some of the different cultures that make up America and how if we stand united together, people in America are one step closer to achieve their version of the American creed.

By Olivia B. from Niagara High School in Wisconsin

My American creed is simple. I believe that the values that make my American Creed are supporting and defending America at any cost, all people are equal no matter race or gender, the right to an education, and the right to any civil liberties. By understanding what these values meant in the past, we can connect them to what they mean now and how America can achieve them in the future. 

The first value is supporting and defending America at any cost. This could be interpreted in many ways. Back during the Revolutionary War, defending America meant defending the right of independence. The colonists knew that they were massively out-gunned compared to the British, but they had wanted their independence so badly that they were willing to risk everything to achieve it. Back during WWII, defending America meant defending the national honor, pride, and integrity of America. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, there was so many that wanted to take action whether that would be enlisting in the military, working in factories back home, or just about doing anything to help in the war efforts. Back in the 1950s and into the 70s, defending and supporting America was protecting it from Communism and then eventually creating a safer world for Democracy. To me, defending America should mean protecting its national honor and integrity without destroying the honor and integrity of another country if it is unnecessary to do so. 

Here in America, it is difficult to say that everyone is equal. In some ways we are and in some sadly we aren't. If you look at the big picture we are all equal in some way, shape, or form. Most of us come from immigrant families who came to America hundreds of years of ago seeking new start and opportunity, so what gives someone the right to take a right or freedom of an immigrant when deep down we are immigrants ourselves? The United States is a melting pot of cultures, with not just one residing majority over another. Different cultures and ethnicities are essentially the backbone and foundation of America, so who are we judge those cultures? Even though many will pick at the details of why all people are not equal in some way if we dig deep enough inside ourselves and into our core we would realize that we aren't so different after all.   

I believe that everyone should have a right to an education and to any civil liberties they desire such as the right to vote, the freedom of speech and religion and etc. Take the civil rights movement for example. Nobody knew how much education and being able to vote meant to someone as Martin Luther King Jr. did. He believed that education was the pathway to freedom and justice. He believed that America was capable of recreating itself for the better. He saw a brighter future for America, and by peacefully protesting he was able to take one step closer in achieving that future. He even had white Americans who believed in his cause so much that they too joined in the protesting. With all of them united together, they were able to stand as one and show everyone that as long as the people of America stand united as one, equality for all was within arms reach.            

Niagara High School

Mr. Laarman's U.S. History Class

11th graders from Niagara, WI

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