Out of Many, One
“E Pluribus Unum” is Latin, meaning “out of many, one.” A long-held motto for the United States, the phrase was first included in a sketch for a national seal in 1776. Since 1782, it’s been included in the official Great Seal of the United States, which is affixed on formal State Department documents. It is most often depicted alongside the bald eagle, as it was in Charles Thomson’s 1782 seal. The motto describes the concept of forming a new nation through the union of the 13 original colonies. Some scholars believe that the nation’s founders likely saw the motto on the title page of a reader’s digest called “Gentlemen’s Magazine”, published in London. In 1786, the U.S. Mint produced the first coins marked with “E Pluribus Unum.” Today, the motto can be found on U.S. currency, on official documents, and across federal buildings. In a broader context, “E Pluribus Unum” connotes the many cultures of the melting pot of America coming together to form one union.