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.

Learn How You Can Get Involved With American Creed

For Educators

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

Celebrating Student Voices

The 2018 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest will award over $25,000 in scholarships and prizes to students and teachers. Learn more about this year’s prompt and how to submit your essay.

Watch The Film

To learn more and discover a robust array of stories, events and activities made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate program and PBS stations around the country visit

Join Us At An Upcoming Event

Register For Our March 22 Webinar

Using digital resources drawn from the film, we hope to inspire young people to engage deeply in a conversation about who we are, and who we want to be. This webinar is in partnership with WGBH Education and PBS LearningMedia™.

RSVP For The Cleveland Screening April 5

Join us for a Community Conversation featuring entrepreneur Terrence Davenport and Marine Corps veteran Tegan Griffith, both featured in American Creed. Following a screening of the film, they will host a Q&A.


Join Facing History and Ourselves and WGBH for a special screening of the documentary film American Creed followed by a conversation featuring Director Sam Ball.

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