Family history and the American Creed

An essay about my family history and origin, and how it connects to the American Creed.

By Bailey B. from Niagara High School in Wisconsin

The American Creed is important for our country because it is why we are successful. The American’s Creed, is a historical document that states that America is governed by the people, and that America is a sovereign nation with sovereign states. It also states America’s main principles: equality, justice, and freedom. The reason why people, of any race or gender, are successful in America is because everyone has the freedom to be able to do what they want to become successful.

I believe a great example of the American creed is immigration. Immigrants move to the U.S for better opportunities, and more freedom to live how they want. Immigrants have the freedom to work in the U.S to make a living, at the same time strengthening our economy and nation. In America immigrants have the right to be governed by themselves, which gives them better opportunities to become more successful than in their own country.

My great grandparents both came from Croatia to Ellis Island. My great grandpa, John, worked in the mines in northern Wisconsin to make a living. My great grandma, Anna, also came from Croatia in 1916 when she was 16. She came over because she was the only one in her family who could read and write in English. So she came over to help her sibling run a mining camp in northern Wisconsin. Anna and John met at the mining camp for the first time and realized they were from the same town in Croatia, Zagreb. They got married and moved to a farm and made a living by farming and working in the mines.

There are many more immigration stories of how immigrants from all over came to America for better opportunities for themselves and future generations. My great grandparents most likely immigrated from Croatia to flee from poverty or harsh land inheritance laws. Even though they worked hard all their lives, they had many more freedoms to live better lives. This is why I think immigration really relates to the American Creed, because the unalienable rights of the Constitution automatically gives everyone equal rights and opportunities. 

Niagara High School

Mr. Laarman's U.S. History Class

11th graders from Niagara, WI

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