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The American's Creed is the official creed of the United States of America. It was written in 1917 by William Tyler Page as an entry into a patriotic contest. It was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives April, 3 of the next year.

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.[1]

 
— William Tyler Page, The American's Creed

Much like the Pledge of Allegiance, the American's Creed reflected the American nationalism that became popular after the American Civil War, and can be seen as an opposition to the threat of Communist revolution and a precursor to the First Red Scare.


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  1. http://www.ushistory.org/documents/creed.htm

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