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The American Creed Definition
Definition: The American Creed is a statement of principles and beliefs that proclaims loyalty to America. The American Creed was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives April 3, 1918.

American Creed, National Symbol
The American Creed is part of the United States Code, the official compilation of the general Federal laws compiled by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives. The American Creed is one of the official United States National symbols detailed in Title 36, Chapter 10 of the United States Code.

 
 

The Words of the American Creed
The text and words of the American Creed are as follows:

"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."

The Patriotic Words of the American Creed
The American Creed was written by William Tyler Page and described as "brief and simple but remarkably comprehensive of the best in American ideals, history, and tradition, as expressed by the founders of the Republic and its greatest statesmen and writers."

The American Creed - Historic References
The American Creed uses many historic words, sentiments, passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the Pledge of Allegiance and Daniel Webster's speech in reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.

The American Creed Meaning
The American Creed is an expression of loyalty and patriotism and all of the words have great meaning and historical significance.

American Creed Meaning of Words

  "I believe in the United States of America..." Meaning:  A solemn and formal opening phrase encompassing the concepts of trust and loyalty to the United States of America  
  "...as a government of the people, by the people, for the people..." Meaning: A reference to the ruling power of the country taken from the Gettysburg Address the famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln delivered during the American Civil War, on November 19, 1863  
  "...derived from the consent of the governed" Meaning: The words "Consent of the governed" is a phrase from the United States Declaration of Independence reflecting the history of the country and the patriots who fought in the American War of Independence  (1775–1783)  
  "a democracy in a republic..." Meaning: A democratic republic is a country that is both a republic and a democracy where ultimate authority and supreme power is derived from the citizens. A republic is a group of states that are self governing under federal government.  
  ".a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States..." Meaning: The sovereign nation refers to the power of the government to enact federal laws. The "sovereign States " are a reference to the 50 states and their separate state governments  
  "a perfect union..." Meaning: A reference to the aim, of the Founding Fathers whose goal was to establish "a perfect union." It is a phrase in the Preamble to the United States Constitution (1787)  
  "one and inseparable..." Meaning: Taken from words in the Daniel Webster's speech 'Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable' (January 26, 1830) in reference to the ratification of the Constitution during the Civil War  
  "established upon those principles..." Meaning: A reference in the American Creed to the founding principles that directed the design of the Constitution of the United States of America  
  "of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity..." Meaning: These words represent the basic values of the democratic political system of the United States. The words express the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, of freedom and of justice reflecting the history of the country and the patriots who fought in the American War of Independence  (1775–1783)  
  "for which American patriots..." Meaning: A reference to the early colonists that rebelled against British control during the Revolutionary War of Independence who declared the United States of America an independent nation July 1776.  
  "sacrificed their lives and fortunes..." Meaning: A stark reminder in the creed that fighting for beliefs and principles come at a high price - the realities and hardship endured during times of war (The US entry into the WWI conflict)  
  "my duty to my country..." Meaning: The words 'my duty' conveys a personal sense of moral commitment or obligation to the US  
  "to love it..." Meaning: These words express the unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of the country  
  "to support its Constitution..." Meaning: A reminder that the President has broad constitutional power to take military action  
  "to obey its laws..." Meaning: A moral duty to obey would be a duty to do as the law requires  
  "to respect its flag..." Meaning: The US flag indicates nationality and is a symbol, inspiration and emblem of the country requiring respect at all times. The USA flag represents the 50 States and all their inhabitants and is a symbol of the country, its values, principles and aspirations  
  "defend it against all enemies." Meaning in the creed: This phrase is included in the 'Oath of Enlistment' taken by those who enlist into the United States Armed Forces.  

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Questions, Answers and Facts about the American Creed
The American Creed - Facts and Answers to Questions about the American Creed.

Questions, Answers and Facts about the American Creed

  American Creed: What Is the American Creed?  
 

Answer: 

A statement of principles and beliefs that proclaims loyalty to the United States of America and fosters patriotism and civic responsibility among U.S. citizens  
  American Creed: What Does the American Creed Mean?  
 

Answer: 

There is a deep meaning and historical significance in all of the words which are explained in detail above.  
  American Creed: Why do we say the American Creed?  
 

Answer:  

To honor the United States of America with its beliefs and principles of  freedom and justice for all and to instil a sense of patriotism  
  American Creed: Who wrote the American Creed?  
 

Answer:  

The name of the writer, or author, was William Tyler Page (1868-1942) of Friendship Heights, Maryland  
  American Creed: Who was William Tyler Page?  
 

Answer:  

William Tyler Page was a government employee who served as a Clerk of the House of Representatives and Emeritus Minority Clerk. He was a descendent of President Tyler and Representative John Page  
  American Creed: Why did he write the American Creed?  
 

Answer: 

William Tyler Page wrote the prose of the American Creed when he entered a nationwide contest to foster patriotism and civic responsibility among U.S. citizens. His was the winning entry, out of 3000 submissions, for which he received $1000   
  American Creed: Why was a Nationwide contest initiated ?  
 

Answer: 

The American Creed contest was initiated during turbulent times when the United States of America entered into World War I   
  American Creed: When did he write the words to the American Creed?  
 

Answer:

The American Creed was written in 1918 and accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918  
  American Creed: Who initiated the contest?  
 

Answer: 

Henry Sterling Chapin, the New York commissioner of education, devised the national writing competition for the American Creed  
  American Creed: When were the words of the American Creed first recited publicly?  
 

Answer: 

In 1918 when William Tyler Page recited the “American’s Creed” on the Capitol steps. He ended his recitation with the word:

  "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."

 
  American Creed: What are the Five Elements of the American Creed?  
 

Answer: 

According to Seymour Martin Lipset the Five Elements of the American Creed are Egalitarianism, Populism, Laissez-faire, traditionalism, and Individualism.  

Questions, Answers and Facts about the American Creed

The Five Elements of the American Creed - Seymour Martin Lipset
Seymour Martin Lipset (1922-2006) was a political scientist who was active in public affairs on a national level. Seymour Martin Lipset developed a uniquely American ideology called "Americanism" that was based on his definition of five elements of the American creed: liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, republicanism, populism and laissez-faire. This ideology by Lipset based on the American Creed is often referred to as "American exceptionalism." U.S. exceptionalism stems from its emergence from a revolution and the theory that the United States is "qualitatively different" from other states. Five elements of the American creed according to Seymour Martin Lipset are Egalitarianism, Populism, Laissez-faire, traditionalism, and Individualism.

Five Elements of the American Creed - Seymour Martin Lipset
Egalitarianism

Definition: The principle of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political, economic and social equality

Populism Definition: The political principles that support the rights and powers of the common people in their resistance of the privileged elite
Laissez-faire Definition: Noninterference, the doctrine government should not interfere or regulate commercial affairs
Traditionalism Definition: Adherence to tradition
Individualism

Definition: The practice of maintaining the personal independence of the
individual

Five Elements of the American Creed - Seymour Martin Lipset
 

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