The stories in "American Creed" explore national ideals and identity from diverse points of view:
In segregated Birmingham, AL, Condoleezza Rice’s family embraced America’s foundational ideals, faith-based community building, and the pursuit of education as the key to overcoming Jim Crow.
David M. Kennedy’s family lost everything in the Great Depression, and he sees that period as a crucible of modern American identity.
Major League Baseball manager Joe Maddon brings residents of his Pennsylvania coal country hometown together after a controversial immigration ordinance threatens to tear them apart.
Elementary school principal Deidre Prevett, a Native American from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in East Tulsa, OK, fights for struggling children from transient families who pass through town.
Marine Sergeant Tegan Griffith, from rural Wisconsin, brings fellow veterans together to reflect on what holds us together as a nation.
Civic entrepreneur Eric Liu, based in Seattle, convenes people across political differences to solve problems and renew their commitment to American democracy.
The one-hour PBS special concludes with a segment filmed in three different high schools around the country. Columbus High is in Stillwater County, MT, where agriculture and mining are the main industries, and most students have deep family roots. Eric Solorio Academy is in a mostly-Hispanic/Latin(o/a/x) immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest side. Arise Academy is in Fruitvale, an ethnically diverse part of Oakland, CA.
Thanks to support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Program, the launch of "American Creed"on PBS in February 2018 marked the beginning of a robust public engagement campaign designed to foster national conversation about America’s ideals and identity. American Creed Community Conversations are continuing around the country with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.