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What if… Americans spoke German?

Prospect's counter-factual column

A pack of "Obama fingers," a frozen food product temporarily on German shelves in 2009. © Dan Iggers

In the 1830s, a story began to circulate in the US press that German had almost became the official language of the newly founded US—the motion apparently defeated by only one vote. Actually, to this day, America does not have an official language—not even English. The story— now known as the Muehlenberg legend—was mostly fabrication,…

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