The People's Tongue

The People’s Tongue

“The People’s Tongue: Americans and the English Language” is a new book that has been edited by Ilan Stavans. 

The book is a people’s history of English in the United States. It begins with the English used by the settlers in Plymouth Colony. Driven by American innovators, English has become the global language of aviation, business, economics, finance, and even entertainment. The English language also helps us as we forge across cultures. 

“The People’s Tongue” is a compendium that is as rich and diverse and the English language itself.

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