What Does E Pluribus Unum Mean?
E Pluribus Unum Facts
E Pluribus Unum was at one time the motto of the United States. It is no longer our motto, in 1956 our national motto was changed to In God We Trust. That phrase was proposed as our national motto on July 4th, 1776 but not approved until 1782. The E Pluribus Unum phrase is still found on the great seal of the United States coin.
E Pluribus Unum is Latin for “out of many, one”. E Pluribus means “out of many” and Unum means “one”. The United States of America started out with thirteen separate small colonies that joined together to become one nation. A motto with such a strong message was an important tool for our Founding Fathers. The original thirteen colonies consisted of different nationalities, races, religions and languages who wanted to come together to become one.
E Pluribus Unum, The Melting Pot
Our Founding Fathers took unity very seriously. They left their homelands because they were tired of the limitations placed upon them. They were fed up with living under class systems in their countries. They wanted to start a new nation that would provide great opportunity for all, not just the rich, not just the powerful. But they understood that to do that they needed to unite as a nation, regardless of their different opinions and backgrounds. The greatest power they had was their desire for their ideologies to be one. They had profound insight and knew how to lead. Why don’t we have that today? Our Founding Fathers worked so hard to develop a strong, unconquerable nation and yet today we are imploding from within. Our leaders lack forethought, foresight and the true vision needed to keep America intact. We need new leaders. We need leaders who are not just about talk, but action. Leaders who still believe in America. Where are these leaders?