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An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States

Rosina Lozano


An American Language is a political history of the Spanish language in the United States. The nation has always been multilingual and the Spanish language in particular has remained as an important political issue into the present. After the U.S.-Mexican War, the Spanish language became a language of politics as Spanish speakers in the U.S. Southwest used it to build territorial and state governments. In the twentieth century, Spanish became a political language where speakers and those opposed to its use clashed over what Spanish's presence in the United States meant. This book recovers this ... More

Keywords: Spanish, language, identity, New Mexico, California, politics, citizenship, Southwest, bilingual education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520297067
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297067.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosina Lozano, author
Princeton University