This piece encompasses the American Creed by explaining the ideals set down through the history of America and, using the American Creed, applies them to the people of this nation.

America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is a country born of liberty and responsibility. Of justice and honor. The American Creed is an ideal passed from generation to generation that encompasses America in its entirety; it provides the foundation of democracy and the freedoms for which this country stands proudly upon, overlooking the rest of the world with pride and dignity. In 1917, William Tyler Page said, “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.” This is the basis of the American Creed, for which all American people are bound to and fight for.

Various ideals have formulated from the events that forged America into what it has become today. From the Revolutionary War, America gained its independence from Great Britain and established responsibility and self-determination as America showed the world that it had control over its own freedom. From the foundation of the Constitution came the basic rights necessary for the freedom and integrity of the nation. From the Civil War came a greater sense of unity that strengthened the nation and showed the American people that even through tragedy and conflict, America can stand tall and emerge intact. These ideals are what make up the basis of America.

However, a fire cannot just be started with a single match. The ideals that have been created through the existence of the nation must have something to strike upon, and they must have someone to wield them in order to spark a flame. They must strike through the foundations laid down by the Founding Fathers of America, and most importantly, be wielded by each and every citizen of this proud country, for only through the power of the people will enough sparks be created to light the fire that sustains this nation and give light to the future to come. Only through the power of the people will laws be voted upon. Only through the power of the people will cities grow. Only through the power of the people will the nation thrive and prosper like it once did. Only through the power of the people will America stand tall. The American people are the American Creed.

To achieve the vision of the American Creed, we, as American people, must unite together and trust one another. America was built of the people, by the people, and for the people, and this means cooperation. If everybody could trust and work with each other, then America could grow even more than it ever has. The American Creed is about protecting one another from anything that defies the nation or its ideals, and to do this, people must work together. The people hold the nation’s fire, and in order love our country, support its Constitution, obey its laws, respect its flag, and defend against our enemies, a wall must be formed: a wall of fire laid down by the people of this country to protect the American Creed.




Emerald Coast National Writing Project Gulf Breeze High School

Mrs. Parker's American History Class

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