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A Is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States

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What ties Americans to one another? What unifies a nation of citizens with different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds? These were the dilemmas faced by Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they sought ways to bind the newly United States together. InA is for American, award-winning historian Jill Lepore portrays seven men who turned to language to help shape a new nation's character and boundaries. From Noah Webster's attempts to standardize American spelling, to Alexander Graham Bell's use of "Visible Speech" to help teach the deaf to talk, to Sequoyah's development of a Cherokee syllabary as a means of preserving his people's independence, these stories form a compelling portrait of a developing nation's struggles. Lepore brilliantly explores the personalities, work, and influence of these figures, seven men driven by radically different aims and temperaments. Through these superbly told stories, she chronicles the challenges faced by a young country trying to unify its diverse people.

About the Author

Jill Lepore is an associate professor of history at Boston University. She is the author of The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity, which won the Bancroft Prize, Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ Book Prize, and the New England Historical Association’s Book Award. She is cofounder and coeditor of the Web magazine Common-place (www.common-place.org), and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307424389
Subtitle:
Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States
Publisher:
Vintage books
Creator:
Jill Lepore
Author:
Lepore, Jill
Author:
Jill Lepore
Subject:
History : United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : General
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Americanisms
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
English language -- Social aspects.
Subject:
National characteristics, American -- History.
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
American Studies-Pre World War I
Subject:
Sociology-American Studies
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030204
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » Sociolinguistics
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era
History and Social Science » World History » General

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