American's Creed (1918)
William Tyler Page,
of Friendship Heights, Maryland, gave to the citizens of his country, The
American's Creed. Mr. Page described it as "a summing up, in one hundred
words, of the basic principles of American political faith."
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.
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.
accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.