In response to Rich Lowry's article on Harvard scholar Samuel Huntington's new book "Who Are We?", I would like to say I am totally shocked and dismayed that someone of such a prestigious institution as Harvard could write something which is such a distortion of historical fact and obvious ignorance of basic American history. I am from a white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant upbringing, which I am proud of, but in my courses of study at the University of Kentucky for 31/2 years, American History at Danville High School and eighth-grade American History and ninth-grade Civics at Burgin Independent, I learned that we are a bilingual nation in historical fact and actuality.
Spanish has been continually spoken in the continental United States for 500 years and for 100 years before English was. When the United States acquired Florida, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Colorado, Montana, and Utah, the Native Americans and those who had married white Spaniards all spoke Spanish, because they had it imposed upon them. Most of these states' names are Spanish. Huntington needs to buy a map and look at the names of cities throughout this nation and see that a great many are also Spanish.