CLEP US Government

Category - Political Culture

Which of the following US documents is most influential on the content of the American Creed?
  1. The Declaration of Independence
  2. The Emancipation Proclamation
  3. The Monroe Doctrine
  4. The Articles of Confederation
  5. The Federalist Papers
Answer: A- The Declaration of Independence is most influential on the content of the American Creed, outlining the reason for the country’s existence and highlighting its founding core principles. Among the principles highlighted in the Declaration of Independence are: all people are created equal, all people have the right to be represented in their government, and all people have the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All of these ideas come from philosopher John Locke, so many scholars refer to the American Creed as the Lockean Creed.
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