THE AMERICAN'S CREED
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 teh 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.
It was written by William Tyler Page (a descendent of President Tyler) in 1917, as an entry for a national competition for a composition that embodied the principles of America. The competition, conceived by Henry Sterlin Chapin, the Commissioner of Education in New York, prompted over 3,000 entries. Page's text was formally adopted by the House of Representatives in April 1918.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84)