E pluribus unum: Out of Many, One

5 02 2009

“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”

President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address

The motto on the Great Seal of the United States of America has come to suggest that out of many peoples, races, and ancestries has emerged a united nation – illustrating the concept of the ethinic, cultural and religious diversity.

E PLURIBUS UNUM – the Motto Carried by the American Eagle

E PLURIBUS UNUM – the Motto Carried by the American Eagle

Translating E PLURIBUS UNUM

The general meaning of each Latin word is clear:
Pluribus is related to the English word: “plural.”
Unum is related to the English word: “unit.”

E Pluribus Unum describes an action: Many uniting into one. An accurate translation of the motto is “Out of many, one” – a phrase that elegantly captures the symbolism on the shield.

 Source: http://www.greatseal.com/mottoes/unum.html

Related Video: Religious Diversity and Obama’s Inauguration

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