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The Resource Producing good citizens : literacy training in anxious times, Amy J. Wan

Producing good citizens : literacy training in anxious times, Amy J. Wan

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Producing good citizens : literacy training in anxious times
Title
Producing good citizens
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literacy training in anxious times
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Amy J. Wan
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eng
Summary
"Recent global security threats, economic instability, and political uncertainty have placed great scrutiny on the requirements for U.S. citizenship. The stipulation of literacy has long been one of these criteria. In Producing Good Citizens, Amy J. Wan examines the historic roots of this phenomenon, looking specifically to the period just before World War I up until the Great Depression. During this time, the United States witnessed a similar anxiety over the influx of immigrants, economic uncertainty, and global political tensions. Early on, educators bore the brunt of literacy training, while also being charged with producing the right kind of citizens by imparting civic responsibility and a moral code for the workplace and society. Literacy quickly became the credential to gain legal, economic, and cultural status. In her study, Wan defines three distinct pedagogical spaces for literacy training during the 1910s and 1920s: Americanization and citizenship programs sponsored by the federal government, union-sponsored programs, and first year university writing programs. Wan also demonstrates how each literacy program had its own motivation: the federal government desired productive citizens, unions needed educated members to fight for labor reform, and university educators looked to aid social mobility. Citing numerous literacy theorists, Wan analyzes the correlation of reading and writing skills to larger currents within American society. She shows how early literacy training coincided with the demand for laborers during the rise of mass manufacturing, while also providing an avenue to economic opportunity for immigrants. This fostered a rhetorical link between citizenship, productivity, and patriotism. Wan supplements her analysis with an examination of citizen training books, labor newspapers, factory manuals, policy documents, public deliberations on citizenship and literacy, and other materials from the period to reveal the goal and rationale behind each program. Wan relates the enduring bond of literacy and citizenship to current times, by demonstrating the use of literacy to mitigate economic inequality, and its lasting value to a productivity-based society. Today, as in the past, educators continue to serve as an integral part of the literacy training and citizen-making process"--
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Wan, Amy J
Dewey number
302.2/244
Index
index present
LC call number
LC151
LC item number
.W28 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Pittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture
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  • Literacy
  • Citizenship
  • Immigrants
  • Acculturation
  • Americanization
  • Labor unions
  • Education, Higher
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Literacy
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing
  • Acculturation
  • Americanization
  • Citizenship
  • Education, Higher
  • Ethnic relations
  • Immigrants
  • Labor unions
  • Literacy
  • Social history
  • United States
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Producing good citizens : literacy training in anxious times, Amy J. Wan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
In the Name of Citizenship -- Literacy Training, Americanization, and the Cultivation of the Productive Worker-Citizen -- Class Work : Labor Education and Literacy Hope -- English and Useful Citizenship in a Culture of Aspiration -- Teaching Literacy and Citizenship in the Twenty-First Century
Control code
864504633
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 218 pages
Isbn
9780822962892
Lccn
2013048537
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)864504633
Label
Producing good citizens : literacy training in anxious times, Amy J. Wan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In the Name of Citizenship -- Literacy Training, Americanization, and the Cultivation of the Productive Worker-Citizen -- Class Work : Labor Education and Literacy Hope -- English and Useful Citizenship in a Culture of Aspiration -- Teaching Literacy and Citizenship in the Twenty-First Century
Control code
864504633
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 218 pages
Isbn
9780822962892
Lccn
2013048537
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)864504633

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