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American Creed

Join former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs, an American creed, can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us.

American Creed

55m 37s

Condoleezza Rice and David M. Kennedy team up across party lines to explore whether there are ideals we share in common. Stories of unlikely activists including baseball manager Joe Maddon, author Junot Diaz and Marine Tegan Griffith show communities striving to come together across deep divides.

Episodes

  • American Creed: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    American Creed

    55m 37s

    Condoleezza Rice and David M. Kennedy team up across party lines to explore whether there are ideals we share in common. Stories of unlikely activists including baseball manager Joe Maddon, author Junot Diaz and Marine Tegan Griffith show communities striving to come together across deep divides.

Extras + Features

  • Mark Meckler and Joan Blades: Political Enemies?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mark Meckler and Joan Blades: Political Enemies?

    1m 56s

    Mark Meckler, founder of the Tea Party Patriots and Citizens for Self-Governance, believes living up to our American creed means deciding for ourselves how to live our lives, free of government intrusion. Joan Blades, founder of the progressive group MoveOn, wants to create a level playing field for everyone. What do these adversaries share in common? In a Living Room Conversation, they find out.

  • What Ideals Do We Share? Students Respond to American Creed: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What Ideals Do We Share? Students Respond to American Creed

    8m 9s

    McCamey is from rural Montana. She wants to be a writer. Isaiah lives in inner-city Oakland. He hopes to be a mental health advocate. Annays is from an immigrant family on Chicago’s southwest side. She aims to be a civil rights lawyer. In classrooms supported by Facing History and Ourselves and the National Writing Project, they respond to American Creed and become part of our story.

  • How to Overcome Divisions: “Interact with Each Other”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to Overcome Divisions: “Interact with Each Other”

    1m 27s

    After watching American Creed in his classroom, Isaiah is inspired to explore how different people can work together rather than getting in each other’s way. Isaiah and his fellow students at Arise High School in Oakland, CA are learning how to intentionally build diverse community and work together across divides, using lesson plans developed by Facing History and Ourselves.

  • Building Empathy In and Out of the Classroom: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Building Empathy In and Out of the Classroom

    1m 16s

    “We’re always talking about building empathy… but it’s always easier to show than tell.” Chicago high school teacher Erin Slifka Devlin uses American Creed curriculum designed by Facing History and Ourselves to demonstrate the power of empathy and understanding different points of view.

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    Condoleezza Rice, David M. Kennedy and unlikely citizen-activists including baseball manager Joe Maddon, author Junot Díaz, Marine Tegan Griffith, and political organizers Joan Blades and Mark Meckler, ask “what does it mean to be American?” They strive to bring communities together across deep divides.

  • “We’re Not Flyover": Rural Kids Join a National Dialogue: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    “We’re Not Flyover": Rural Kids Join a National Dialogue

    1m 12s

    “Rural students often feel far away from the national conversation… and this American Creed film gives them something to join.” Montana high school teacher Casey Olsen uses National Writing Project educator resources to help his students explore what it means to be American and connect with their peers in other parts of the country.

  • Deidre Prevett: “We Need to Know Each Other’s History”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Deidre Prevett: “We Need to Know Each Other’s History”

    2m 9s

    Elementary school principal Deidre Prevett, from Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is descended from a long line of teachers. In struggling East Tulsa, OK, she’s made it her mission to help transient families of many different ethnic and national backgrounds find a pathway to real freedom. “To live up to America’s promise,” she warns, “we need to care about everyone’s children, not just our own.”

  • Eric Liu Turns Seattleites Into “Sworn-Again Citizens”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Eric Liu Turns Seattleites Into “Sworn-Again Citizens”

    2m 7s

    Eric Liu, a first-generation Chinese American based in Seattle, brings people together across ethnic, cultural, economic and ideological lines to foster a culture of meaningful citizenship. He believes that when you stop participating in politics, “you cede the field to the few who would like to command the field. And they usually don’t have your interests in mind.”

  • From Chicago to Coal Country, Joe Maddon Looks for a Win: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    From Chicago to Coal Country, Joe Maddon Looks for a Win

    2m

    Baseball’s Joe Maddon founded the Hazleton Integration Project after a controversial immigration ordinance tore a chasm through the ethnic and political fault lines of his coal-producing hometown. “You want to make kids friends fast? Put them on the same team, with the same common goal, and I promise you, color of skin, language barriers, what you like to eat – that goes away just like that.”

  • Marine Tegan Griffith: “The Fabric of My Uniform”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Marine Tegan Griffith: “The Fabric of My Uniform”

    1m 51s

    Now that she’s back home in Wisconsin, Marine Sergeant Tegan Griffith continues her service. A leader of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, she brings fellow veterans together and forms a powerful support network. In the course of doing that work around the state, she makes an observation some may find surprising.

  • Condoleezza Rice, David Kennedy: Stories for Turbulent Times: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Condoleezza Rice, David Kennedy: Stories for Turbulent Times

    2m 37s

    Condoleezza Rice, David M. Kennedy and unlikely citizen-activists including baseball manager Joe Maddon, author Junot Díaz, Marine Tegan Griffith, and political organizers Joan Blades and Mark Meckler, ask “what does it mean to be American?” They strive to bring communities together across deep divides.

  • Leila Janah, Terrence Davenport Create Tech Jobs in Arkansas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Leila Janah, Terrence Davenport Create Tech Jobs in Arkansas

    2m 16s

    Entrepreneurs Leila Janah and Terrence Davenport seek to create a tech-based economy in the Arkansas Delta, which has been shedding agricultural jobs. Davenport’s grandparents were sharecroppers. Janah’s parents came to America from India “with little more than a suitcase and their dreams.” “Equal opportunity is the cornerstone of American identity,” she says, “an identity we have to fight for.”

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