Slideshow

Language as America’s Glue

July 27, 2012, 6:33 a.m.

Few people dis­agree that the Eng­lish lan­guage and the “melt­ing pot” cul­ture is in­dic­at­ive of Amer­ic­an iden­tity. But the lan­guage wars that have es­cal­ated in our schools, com­munit­ies, state le­gis­latures and courts are telling a dif­fer­ent story; one that fo­cuses on wheth­er these new—and ever more pre­val­ent—cul­tures and lan­guages are threat­en­ing or bol­ster­ing Eng­lish, and the na­tion’s fu­ture.

In the cov­er story for the sum­mer is­sue of The Next Amer­ica, writer Terry Greene Ster­ling looks at the swirl­ing cul­ture of Ana­heim, Cal­if., a town heav­ily pop­u­lated with im­mig­rants work­ing, learn­ing and liv­ing along­side one an­oth­er.

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