Literacy in American Lives

ISBN-10: 0521003067
ISBN-13: 9780521003063
Edition: 2001
Authors: Deborah Brandt
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Description: This work traces the changing conditions of literacy learning over the past century as they were felt in the lives of Americans born between 1895 and 1985. The book shows what rising standards have meant to successive generations of Americans.

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List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

This work traces the changing conditions of literacy learning over the past century as they were felt in the lives of Americans born between 1895 and 1985. The book shows what rising standards have meant to successive generations of Americans.

Deborah Brandt is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Introduction: the pursuit of liberty
Literacy, opportunity and economic change
Literacy and illiteracy in documentary America
Accumulating literacy: how four generations of one American family learned to write
'The power of it': sponsors of literacy in African American lives
The sacred and the profane: reading vs. writing in popular memory
The means of production: literacy and stratification at the 21st century
Conclusion

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