American Creed

In turbulent times, what ideals do we all share?


Facing History is an official education and public engagement partner with PBS on the documentary American Creed

In the film, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different life experiences, backgrounds and points of view to explore American ideals and identity. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of a wide range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

Just as the film frames the stories of different kinds of activists who wrestle with America’s promise, Facing History hopes to inspire young people to engage deeply in a conversation about who we are, and who we want to be.

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For Educators

We’ve created three new lessons to explore some of American Creed's central questions and themes using clips from the film.

Read The Winning Student Essays

Inspired by American Creed, the 2018 contest invited students to reflect on the stories and ideals that have helped shape the ways they think about their roles and responsibilities as engaged members of their communities.

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