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Lecture: “We Could Have Been Speaking German!”
Could we have been speaking German in the U.S. instead of English? Learn about a fascinating character in U.S. history – Frederick Muhlenberg, who was the first Speaker of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Born in Pennsylvania, he studied theology in Germany (where his father and family were from), then returned to the Thirteen Colonies and began his life in public service as a member of the Continental Congress and House of Representatives.
During his terms as Speaker, he oversaw many important pieces of legislation – including being the first to sign the Bill of Rights. However he is perhaps most famous for the possible adoption of German as the official language of the United States. Was this fact or legend? Come and find out!
Lecture given by Tatiana Ilarionova, AMC patron.