Imperial Calculus: E Pluribus Unum

Djelal Kadir

Pennsylvania State University


The article traces and discusses imperial vision and the history of e pluribus unum in the American New World. The article functions as a reminder to Americanists that the significance of e pluribus unum has never been limited to local and parochial issues, but has invariably signald an international complexity whose transnational dynamics have often been occluded behind the veil of integration, assimiliation, and acculturation. As the article discusses, the inherent contradictions of ethnic integration in the Americas are rooted in ancient and global history, philological and political.

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