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I am an American Day 1940-Constitution-Citizenship Day 2012

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I am an American Day - 2012!

  • Constitution Day - Citizenship Day was first celebrated in May 1940 and was called "I am an American" Day. 
  • In 1952, it was moved to September to correspond with the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787.
  • Oath of U.S. Citizenship and Allegience to the U.S. Constitution  http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/immigrationnaturalizatio/a/oathofcitizen.htm 
  • The American's Creed - by William Tyler Page - Written 1917, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.  http://www.ushistory.org/documents/creed.htm
  • President Theodore Roosevelt was an American and nothing else....."In the first place we should insist that the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equity with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming an American and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to the American Defense Society in 1919."  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9bFurELgw0