Learning to Read and Write in Colonial America

Learning to Read and Write in Colonial America

by E. Jennifer Monaghan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558494863

ISBN-13: 9781558494862

Pub. Date: 08/24/2005

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Who learned to read in Colonial America? Who learned to write? Monaghan (English emerita, the City U. of New York) explains the distinctions (reading instruction was largely motivated by religion, while writing instruction generally had secular motives) and their applications (slaves and other marginalized people were allowed to learn to read but not to write) and the

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Who learned to read in Colonial America? Who learned to write? Monaghan (English emerita, the City U. of New York) explains the distinctions (reading instruction was largely motivated by religion, while writing instruction generally had secular motives) and their applications (slaves and other marginalized people were allowed to learn to read but not to write) and the new attitudes of the mid- eighteenth century that allowed children to read for enjoyment, not only for purposes of conversion. She explains literacy in New England from 1620 to 1730, particularly in the case of the Indians of the Massachusetts Bay and the Mohawks. She examines the brief period following 1730 that contained startling changes in how children were taught and what they read, and concludes with commentary about the literary instruction of the enslaved the period just before the Revolution. Monaghan's case studies are particularly effective. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558494862
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
08/24/2005
Series:
Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

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