Literacy in American Lives / Edition 1

Literacy in American Lives / Edition 1

by Deborah Brandt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521003067

ISBN-13: 9780521003063

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Literacy in American Lives traces the changing conditions of literacy learning over the past century as they were felt in the lives of ordinary Americans born between 1895 and 1985. The book demonstrates what sharply rising standards for literacy have meant to successive generations of Americans and how—as students, workers, parents, and citizens—they

Overview

Literacy in American Lives traces the changing conditions of literacy learning over the past century as they were felt in the lives of ordinary Americans born between 1895 and 1985. The book demonstrates what sharply rising standards for literacy have meant to successive generations of Americans and how—as students, workers, parents, and citizens—they have responded to rapid changes in the meaning and methods of literacy learning in their society. Drawing on more than 80 life histories of Americans from all walks of life, the book addresses critical questions facing public education at the start of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521003063
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
905,180
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the pursuit of liberty; 1. Literacy, opportunity and economic change; 2. Literacy and illiteracy in documentary America; 3. Accumulating literacy: how four generations of one American family learned to write; 4. 'The power of it': sponsors of literacy in African American lives; 5. The sacred and the profane: reading vs. writing in popular memory; 6. The means of production: literacy and stratification at the 21st century; Conclusion.

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