Girls and Literacy in America: Historical Perspectives to the Present

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Girls and Literacy in America offers a tour of opportunities, obstacles, and achievements in girls' education from the limited possibilities of colonial days to the wide-open potential of the Internet generation.

Six essays, written by historians and focused on particular historical periods, examine the extensive range of girls' literacies in both educational and extracurricular settings. Girls from various ethnic and racial backgrounds, social classes, religions, and geographic areas of the nation are included. A host of primary documents, including such items as an 18th century hornbook to excerpts from girls' "conversations" in Internet chat rooms allow readers an opportunity to evaluate for themselves some of the materials mentioned in the volume's opening essays. And finally, an extensive bibliography will be invaluable to students expected to conduct more extensive primary research.

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"…excellent historical resource volume…Strongly recommended for parents and educators and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the various historical contexts of girls, which include important questions of gender, sexism and social equity. Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above."



"…Material here is divided into two major parts: historical overview and primary documents. The historical overview includes six essays by various authors addressing girls' literacy from colonial times to the end of the twentieth century. These essays are fascinating and compelling reading…Overall, this is a superb resource that explores far more than the topic of girls and literacy. It would be a valuable addition to both public and academic libraries.'



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576076668
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/23/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 379
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Historical Overview
1 The Uses of Literacy by Girls in Colonial America 1
2 "A Few Patchwork Opinions": Piecing Together Narratives of U.S. Girls' Early National Schooling 23
3 Nineteenth-Century Girls and Literacy 51
4 Girls' Literacy in the Progressive Era: Female and American Indian Identity at the Genoa Indian School 79
5 "That Cosmopolitan Feeling": Teenage Girls and Literacy, 1920-1970 103
6 Expanding Literacies at the End of the Twentieth Century: Girls, Writing, and Science Education 121
Pt. 2 Primary Documents
Instructional Materials 149
Hornbooks (ca. Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries) 149
The New-England Primer (1727) 149
The Teacher's Assistant in English Composition, John Walker, (1801) 153
The Young Lady's Friend, Eliza W. R. Farrar (1836) 157
First Lessons in Composition, G. P. Quackenbos (1851) 164
The Lady's Guide to Perfect Gentility, Emily Thornwell (1856) 171
McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader, William McGuffey (1879) 177
"How to Keep a Journal," W. S. Jerome, St. Nicholas (1878) and "Keeping the Cream of One's Reading," Margaret Meredith, St. Nicholas (1886) 180
"Books for Varying Tastes," Sophie L. Goldsmith, American Girl (1932) 184
"Books for the Older Girls," Sallie W. Stewart, Girls' Guide (1933) 188
"Dear Diary" (1935) and "How to Be Popular Tho' Teacher's Pet" (1936), Elizabeth Woodward, Ladies' Home Journal 194
"Write a Better Book Review This Semester," Helen G. First, Seventeen (1960) 196
School Assignments 199
"Imperfections of Female Education," Albana C. Carson (1851), "Mystery," Eugenia Stout (1853), and "My Will," Ellen Riley (1856) 199
"Cotton," Mabel Davis (1915) and "From Field to Kitchen," Mamie Stewart (1915) 207
"The Circulation of the Blood" and "Surf Bathing," Frances Royster Williams (1915) 211
"All about Me," "Dear Ellen," and "What America Means to Me," Mary R. (ca. 1960s) 213
"Recommendation to Patient," Laura Griffith (pseudonym) (c. 1999-2000) 216
School Newspapers and Literary Societies 220
"Editorials," Prudence Withers, The School Paper (1898) 220
"The History of the Lygaeum," Priscilla Washington, Lincoln High School Annual (1904) 221
"The Mouse," Nettie Worth, Indian News (1907) 223
"Are You Building a House or Shack?" Doris Mae Wells, The Lincolnian (1916) 224
"Irresistable Charm," Alma Green, Coles Pilot (1937) 226
The Girls' League Gazette (1944) 227
Friendship Albums and Yearbooks 230
Friendship Album, Mary Virginia (Early) Brown (1840) 230
"Our Class History '07," Rosalie Sherman, Indian News (1907) and "Class History," Thelma M. Brinson, The Lincolnian (1925) 231
"Class Prophecy," Carrie Gipson and Hermena Clay, The Lincolnian (1922) 236
Signatures, Lucille Booth, The Tiger (1954) and Signatures, LouAnn Phelps, Clarion (1971) 241
Poetry and Short Stories 249
Reliquiae Turellae, et Lachrymae Paternae, Jane Turell, (Benjamin Colman) (1735) 249
"On Virtue" (1766), "To the University of Cambridge, in New-England" (1767), "On Being Brought from Africa to America" (1768), and "On the Death of a Young Lady of Five Years of Age" (1770), Phillis Wheatley 256
"Some Verses," Dora Read Goodale (1877) and "The Young Hunter," Florence E. Tyng, St. Nicholas (1879) 259
"Lines to My Classmates," Edna L. Turner, The Lincolnian (1920) 261
"Too Young," Grace Sibley, Saplings (1926) 262
"Sixteen," Maureen Daly, Saplings (1938) 263
"I Never Knew," Mary Betty Anderson, Young Voices (c. 1930s) 267
"My Plea," Mary Matsuzawa and "The Bend in the Road," June Moriwaki, Cactus Blossoms (1945) 268
"Awakening," Beth Hinds, Seventeen (1961) 269
"Busy Betty," Morgan Childs (2000) 276
"I Am," Lauren Cannell (2002) 277
Letters and Notes 278
A Girl's Life Eighty Years Ago, Eliza Southgate Bowne (1797-1802) 278
Letters of Mary L. Hood, Pearl Hobart, and Nettie Conine, St. Nicholas (1876-1878) 290
Letter Received by Mary Stuart (Robertson) Beard (1910) 293
Letters of L. A. and L. B. (c. 1930s) 294
E-mail to Miriam Forman-Brunell from Martina Tepper (2002) 298
Diaries 300
Diary of Anna Green Winslow, edited by Alice Morse Earle (1772) 300
Diary, Elizabeth Ann Cooley McClure (1842-1844) 307
Diary, Helen Stewart (1853) 312
Diaries, Dorothy Allen Brown Thompson (1911-1914) 320
Anonymous Diary, High School Girl (1943) 330
Internet Diary, bacon4u (2002) 333
References 337
Bibliography 341
About the Contributors 369
Index 371
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