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The Resource A is for American : letters and other characters in the newly United States, Jill Lepore

A is for American : letters and other characters in the newly United States, Jill Lepore

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A is for American : letters and other characters in the newly United States
Title
A is for American
Title remainder
letters and other characters in the newly United States
Statement of responsibility
Jill Lepore
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A study of the ways in which language was used in the early American republic to define national character and shape national boundaries focuses on the contributions of seven men who worked with alphabets, codes, and signs
  • "What ties Americans to one another? Not race, religion, or ethnicity. At the nation's founding, some commentators wondered whether adopting a common tongue might help bind the newly United States together. "A national language is a national tie," Noah Webster argued in 1786, "and what country wants it more than America?"" "In the century following the drafting of the Constitution, Americans from Noah Webster to Samuel F. B. Morse tried to use letters and other characters - alphabets, syllabaries, signs, and codes - to strengthen the new American nation, to string it together with chains of letters and cables of wire. Webster published a spelling book, hoping to teach Americans to speak and spell alike; Morse devised a dot-and-dash alphabet to link the country by telegraph." "Meanwhile, other Americans used these same tools to connect the new republic to the larger world. Caribbean-born William Thornton devised a "universal alphabet," dreaming of making "the world seem more nearly allied." Hartford minister Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet preached that the sign language of the deaf was a divinely inspired "natural language" that could help usher in the new millennium. And elocution professor Alexander Graham Bell was inspired by his father's universal alphabet, known as Visible Speech, to invent the telephone."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lepore, Jill
Dewey number
306.44/973/09033
Index
no index present
LC call number
PE2809
LC item number
.L46 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
  • National characteristics, American
  • English language
  • English language
  • Americanisms
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
Label
A is for American : letters and other characters in the newly United States, Jill Lepore
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Likeness -- Cobwebs: American language -- Universal alphabet -- Heathens: National alphabet -- Natural language -- Strange characters -- Wires: Universal communication -- Visible speech -- Epilogue: Men of progress
Control code
47049886
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780375404498
Lccn
2001038057
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
A is for American : letters and other characters in the newly United States, Jill Lepore
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Likeness -- Cobwebs: American language -- Universal alphabet -- Heathens: National alphabet -- Natural language -- Strange characters -- Wires: Universal communication -- Visible speech -- Epilogue: Men of progress
Control code
47049886
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780375404498
Lccn
2001038057
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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