This Kansas City man tried to create a new national language for people learning English

Nov 09, 2022 167


This week, we celebrated National Immigrants Day, a holiday meant to honor the diversity, perseverance and contributions of those who have come from different places and cultures all over the world to make a home in America and in Kansas City.

Among them was Nikoles Aleshi, a poor Italian immigrant who built a successful grocery business in Kansas City at the turn of the 20th century. But beyond his grocery, he had grander aspirations of creating a new national language that would be easier for non-English speakers to learn.

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