Literacy in American Lives

Literacy in American Lives

by Deborah Brandt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521783151

ISBN-13: 9780521783156

Pub. Date: 08/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"Literacy in American Lives traces the changing conditions of literacy learning 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…  See more details below

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"Literacy in American Lives traces the changing conditions of literacy learning 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."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521783156
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Pursuit of Literacy1
1Literacy, Opportunity, and Economic Change25
2Literacy and Illiteracy in Documentary America47
3Accumulating Literacy: How Four Generations of One American Family Learned to Write73
4"The Power of It": Sponsors of Literacy in African American Lives105
5The Sacred and the Profane: Reading versus Writing in Popular Memory146
6The Means of Production: Literacy and Stratification at the Twenty-First Century187
Conclusion: Literacy in American Lives187
Appendix: Interview Script208
Notes211
Bibliography235
Index249

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