JFK: Pandering to the Hispanic vote?

Well here’s an interesting tidbit. Check out this campaign ad for John F. Kennedy from 1960:

It kind of puts the whole English-only issue into new perspective, doesn’t it? Here’s a video of Jackie Kennedy, “pandering” to the Hispanic vote” for her husband 46 years ago! Did the Kennedy campaign’s outreach to Hispanic voters cause an uproar then?

The fact is, the U.S. has always been a polyglot nation, particularly beginning in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, when a huge wave of immigrants arrived. English is the official language, but many other languages were commonly spoken. In many neighborhoods in New York City back in the early 1900’s, for example, English was nowhere to be heard–not unlike the situation now. And there were the same apocalyptic, fearful predictions that the wave of immigration would lead to the destruction of the U.S. as a single nation.

(Via The Daily Dish.)