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E Pluribus Unum” was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. A latin phrase meaning “One from many,” the phrase offered a strong statement of the American determination to form a single nation from a collection of states. Over the years, “E Pluribus Unum” has also served as a reminder of America’s bold attempt to make one unified nation of people from many different backgrounds and beliefs. The challenge of seeking unity while respecting diversity has played a critical role in shaping our history, our literature, and our national character.

The resources in this collection relate to four questions central to an understanding of what it means to be an American.

  • How have Americans understood what it means to be “many”? Are Americans distinct from one another because of differences of nationality, class, gender, race, religion, occupation, the region in which they live, or other factors? Are some of these differences more significant at particular times than others, and why?
  • How have Americans defined unity, and how have they attempted to achieve it? Does “unity” mean everyone must agree, or that everyone must act in the same way? Are there any characteristics or beliefs that all who claim to be Americans must have in common?
  • Have Americans ever questioned whether it is possible to make “many” into “one? Have Americans ever questioned the willingness of other Americans to strive towards that ideal?