Adult Literacy and American Identity: The Moonlight Schools by Samantha NeCamp

By Samantha NeCamp

The unlock of U.S. census facts in 1910 sparked rhetoric mentioning the country had a literacy quandary and proclaiming illiterate voters a danger to democratic existence. whereas newspaper editors, industrialists, and officers within the federal govt usually put the blame on newly arrived immigrants, a smaller yet no much less vocal workforce of rural educators and clubwomen highlighted the numerous variety of native-born illiterate adults within the Appalachian zone. writer Samantha NeCamp seems on the academic reaction to those targeted literacy narratives—the founding of the Moonlight colleges in japanese Kentucky, considering native-born nonliterate adults, and the institution of the Americanization move, devoted to the schooling of modern immigrants.

Drawing on own correspondence, convention complaints, textbooks, and speeches, NeCamp demonstrates how the Moonlight colleges and the Americanization circulation competed for public recognition, the curiosity of educators, and personal and governmental investment, fueling a colourful public debate concerning the definition of literacy. The very assorted pedagogical practices of the 2 movements—and how those practices have been represented to the public—helped form literacy schooling within the usa. examining the Moonlight colleges and the Americanization stream relating to each other, Adult Literacy and American Identity expands the background and idea of literacy and literacy schooling within the usa. This ebook could be of curiosity to students in literacy, Appalachian stories, and rhetoric and composition.

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