Originally Posted by Vorsicht709
I understand there were alot of german settlers but i am highly skeptical that the entire country would vote on whether or not everyone would have to speak a foreign language. Do you have any sources that back this up?
Certainly, you must understand that when this vote went public, we were a newly formed country. There weren't any rules governing a lot of things. It should also be noted that German as a language was not considered foreign at the time. Most people spoke old english, which is a german hybrid, and modern english was derived from it. Try reading some early American text that hasn't been translated. It was written in old english. Give me a bit here and I will post a couple of reff's for ya.