Language Rights and the Law in the United States: Finding Our Voices / Edition 1

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This book is provides a comprehensive review of the legal status of minority languages in the U.S. It also provides the historical and political context for the legal manoeuvring that culminated in landmark civil rights victories. All of the major cases in the U.S. concerning language rights are discussed in detail and in an easily accessible manner to the non-legal audience. The topics range from the English-only movement to consumer law, employment discrimination to international law.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853596582
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Bilingual Education and Bilingualism Series, #40
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Del Valle is a civil rights lawyer born and raised in New York City of Puerto Ricon parents. She has worked on language rights issues in the U.S. for over ten years. She specializies in the educational rights of language minority children. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A History of Language Rights: Between Tolerance and Hostility 9
2 Nativism and Language Restrictions: Echoes of the Past at the End of the Twentieth Century 54
3 Fulfilling the Promise of Citizenship: English Literacy, Naturalization, and Voting Rights 88
4 Language Rights in the Workplace: Negotiating Boundaries Within Close Spaces 117
5 Language Rights in Litigation: Making the Case for Greater Protections in Criminal and Civil Proceedings 159
6 Bilingual Education: Learning and Politics in the Classroom 217
7 Native American Education: The US Implements as English-Only Policy 275
8 Due Process and Governmental Benefits: When English-Only is Enough 298
9 Commerce and Language Minorities: Remaking Old Laws for New Consumers 311
10 The Place of International Law in Promoting Linguistic Human Rights Within the United States 328
App Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 348
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