The Great Seal Of The United States Of America Essay

2052 Words Sep 25th, 2016 9 Pages
The Great Seal of the United States of America is a symbol of what our nation was founded on. There is great meaning and symbolism in the design that I have always wanted to learn more about it.
On July 4, 1776, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams were charged to form a committee to design the Great Seal for the newly established United States of America. These were after all three founding fathers, surely they would be able to come up with a seal that would capture the essence of our nation. Pierre Eugène Du Simitière was chosen to assist the founding fathers in transforming their visions into the seal. Creating seals wasn’t new to Du Simitière, he has a background in heraldry and designed the state seals for Delaware and New Jersey ("First Committee 's Design For America 's Great Seal - 1776" 2016).
By August 20, 1776, all three men chose allegorical scenes that demonstrate the struggle that the newly independent nation had to go through. Benjamin Franklin chose a scene out of the Bible. The description that he gave for the design was that of the Israelites escaping Egypt. He pictures Moses and the Israelites at the shore of the Red Sea watching as Pharaoh and his army drowns in the sea. He also includes God in the form of a pillar of fire in the clouds. The motto he comprises is: Rebellion To Tyrants Is Obedience To God ("Benjamin Franklin 's Great Seal Design" 2016).
I appreciate Franklins design. What appeals to me is how he compares the new…

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