What may be surprising to learn is that this has been a long standing issue on the political dinner plate in America. Mandates have appeared on language as early as 1803 upon the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase from the French. This move required all citizens of the territory to conduct business, handle legal matters and instruct all students in schools in English (us-english.org). In 1847, a law was enacted to repeal part of the mandate set upon this area. The law authorized Anglo-French instruction to occur in public schools. This, along with all French language rights, was desecrated following the Civil War (The Civil War Society). During this westward ‘expansion’, many feathers were ruffled as a result. Another example is the acquisition of l...
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