Teaching Case - Language and the Melting Pot: Florida's 1988 "Official English" Referendum (Sequel)

Language and the Melting Pot: Florida's 1988 "Official English" Referendum (Sequel)


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  • Product Description

    This is a case which might inspire discussion both about political strategy and the relation of marginalized cultural groups to the mainstream. It tells the story of a 1988 attempt via referendum to declare English to be the official language of the state of Florida--an attempt, in part, inspired by tension and jealousy surrounding the arrival and relative affluence of the large Spanish-speaking population of South Florida.

    Learning Objective:
    The case calls on students not to ponder the merits of the issue so much as to assume the point of view of those Spanish-speaking groups organizing opposition. The alternative strategies which they conceive reflect both their views about the likely nature of the campaign and their views about how a minority relates to the majority.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1990
    HKS Case Number: 990.1
    Case Author: Pamela Varley
    Faculty Lead: Marc Roberts
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 2
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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