Latin for Dummies p. 310 says:

As a result of the Communist scare of the 1950s, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the U.S. Congress changed the U.S. motto to In God We Trust. But before the 1950s, the U.S. Motto had been the Latin phrase e pluribus unum (one, out of many).

What exactly was the bill and where can I find the full text for it?

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H.J.Res.396 - Joint resolution to establish a national motto of the United States, 84th Congress (1955-1956)
Introduced Date: 07/21/1955
Latest Action: 07/30/1956 Became Public Law No. 84-851


To establish a national motto of the United States.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the national motto of the United States is hereby declared to be “In God we trust.”

Approved July 30, 1956.

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