By James Crawford
Bilingualism is a truth that many american citizens nonetheless locate tricky to just accept; accordingly the prominence of English-only activism in U.S. politics. This number of essays analyzes the resources of the anti-bilingual stream, its altering instructions, and its influence on schooling coverage. The ebook additionally explores efforts to withstand the English-only development, together with initiatives to revitalize local American languages.
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Bilingualism’ threatened ‘the very fabric of American society,’ he warned. ‘A civilization is only one generation deep and it can be lost in a very short time. Insisting that each new generation be assimilated is the sine qua non of our survival’ (p. 162). ’ Official English legislation, long thwarted by Democrats, would receive ample attention in the 104th Congress. Soon his Senate counterpart, Majority Leader Bob Dole, climbed on the bandwagon. Preparing to seek the presidency, the senator needed to ingratiate himself with the right wing of his own party.
In this case, the latter were primarily Southeast Asian and secondarily Latino. As a textile center – indeed, a birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in this country – Lowell had been built by successive waves of immigrants, notably Irish, Poles, French Canadians, Lithuanians, Portuguese, Russian Jews, and Armenians. Among the last to arrive, before Congress slammed the ‘golden door’ in the early 1920s, were the Greeks. Their immigration resumed after World War II, making Lowell one of the largest Greek-speaking communities in the country, which it remains.
I could wish their Numbers were increased. And while we are, as I may call it Scouring our Planet, by clearing America of Woods, and so making this Side of our Globe reflect a brighter Light to the Eyes of Inhabitants in Mars or Venus, why should we in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People? Why increase the Sons of Africa, by Planting them in America, where we have so fair an Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely White and Red? But perhaps I am partial to the Complexion of my Country, for such kind of Partiality is natural to Mankind.
At war with diversity: US language policy in an age of anxiety by James Crawford