“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.” — William Tyler Page, The American's Creed
The American Creed is a statement of principles and beliefs that states loyalty to American. There are five elements of the American Creed. The five elements of the American Creed are egalitarianism, Laissez-faire, individualism, populism, and traditionalism. The American Creed was written by William Tyler Page. The American Creed was written in 1917 and accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918. William Tyler Page was a government employee who served as a clerk. William Tyler Page wrote the American Creed because he entered a nationwide contest to foster patriotism and civic responsibility among U.S. citizens. He was the winner out of 3000 submissions. Mr. Page received one thousand dollars for winning the contest. William Tyler Page first recited the American Creed on the Capitol steps in 1918. He died October 19, 1942.
The American Creed has America together. America is a country where immigrants can be something. Immigrants come to America to live a better life. America is a very diverse country. America is like a melting pot for many differents cultures from all over the world. There are so many opportunities in America to get. It doesn’t matter where your from you can be an American. To me being American is great. To be an American means to be free, to be proud of your country, and to be treated equally in America. We have great freedom and equal rights. Having freedom in America is the best part of being an American. An example of freedom is the right of Americans have to express their ideas, religion, beliefs, and opinions.
I love being an American. I am very proud that I was born in this country. I love that I can choose any career I want to pursue. I couldn’t even imagine myself in any other country. I would never live in another place. American Creed means freedom and respecting your country.