Alabama State Motto - Image Courtesy of Benny Mazur CC - 2.0

Alabama State Motto – Image Courtesy of Benny Mazur CC – 2.0

 

Alabama State Motto

Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere” which is Latin for “We Dare Defend Our Rights.”

According to Wikipedia:

The modern Alabama motto was added to the current coat of arms when it was created in 1923. It was officially adopted for use in 1939. It is the second state motto. The first motto was adopted by the Reconstruction Era state legislature on December 29, 1868 for use on the second Seal of Alabama. It depicted a bald eagle atop an American shield, holding a banner inscribed with the motto “Here We Rest” in its beak.

The source of the current motto is drawn from the lines of “An Ode in Imitation of Alcaeus,” also known by its first line, “What constitutes a State?” It was published in 1781 by the eighteenth-century liberal English philologist Sir William Jones. This poem advanced his ideas on government and morality and was considered by scholars as his greatest political poem. In it he criticizes the widespread corruption of the day and misuse of monarchical power.

The words were adjusted by Marie Bankhead Owen into a motto, which was then translated into Latin by Professor W. B. Saffold, of the University of Alabama.

Citation styles

APA style
Official State Motto of Alabama. (2014, December 3). In ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. Retrieved 11:13, February 23, 2020, from https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/
MLA style
classbrain, “Official State Motto of Alabama.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. 3 December 2014, 18:16 UTC. . 23 Feb 2020 <https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/>.
MHRA style
classbrain, 'Official State Motto of Alabama', ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, 3 December 2014, 18:16 UTC, <https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/> [accessed 23 February 2020]
The Chicago Manual of Style
classbrain, “Official State Motto of Alabama.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/ [accessed February 23, 2020].
CBE/CSE style
classbrain, Official State Motto of Alabama [Internet]. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States; 2014 December 3, 18:16 UTC [cited 2020 Feb 23]. Available from: https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/.
Bluebook style
Official State Motto of Alabama, https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/ (last visited Feb. 23, 2020).
AMA style
classbrain, Official State Motto of Alabama. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. December 3, 2014, 18:16 UTC. Available at: https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/. Accessed February 23, 2020.

Citation styles

APA style
Official State Motto of Alabama. (2014, December 3). In ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. Retrieved 11:13, February 23, 2020, from https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/
MLA style
classbrain, “Official State Motto of Alabama.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. 3 December 2014, 18:16 UTC. . 23 Feb 2020 <https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/>.
MHRA style
classbrain, 'Official State Motto of Alabama', ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, 3 December 2014, 18:16 UTC, <https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/> [accessed 23 February 2020]
The Chicago Manual of Style
classbrain, “Official State Motto of Alabama.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/ [accessed February 23, 2020].
CBE/CSE style
classbrain, Official State Motto of Alabama [Internet]. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States; 2014 December 3, 18:16 UTC [cited 2020 Feb 23]. Available from: https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/.
Bluebook style
Official State Motto of Alabama, https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/ (last visited Feb. 23, 2020).
AMA style
classbrain, Official State Motto of Alabama. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. December 3, 2014, 18:16 UTC. Available at: https://statereports.com/alabama_state_motto/. Accessed February 23, 2020.