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

By Samantha NeCamp

The unencumber of U.S. census facts in 1910 sparked rhetoric pointing out the kingdom had a literacy problem and proclaiming illiterate voters a risk to democratic lifestyles. whereas newspaper editors, industrialists, and officers within the federal govt often positioned the blame on newly arrived immigrants, a smaller yet no much less vocal crew of rural educators and clubwomen highlighted the numerous variety of native-born illiterate adults within the Appalachian quarter. writer Samantha NeCamp appears to be like on the academic reaction to those detailed literacy narratives—the founding of the Moonlight colleges in jap 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 circulate competed for public cognizance, the curiosity of educators, and personal and governmental investment, fueling a colourful public debate concerning the definition of literacy. The very varied pedagogical practices of the 2 movements—and how those practices have been represented to the public—helped form literacy schooling within the usa. analyzing the Moonlight faculties and the Americanization stream in terms of each other, Adult Literacy and American Identity expands the historical past and concept of literacy and literacy schooling within the usa. This ebook could be of curiosity to students in literacy, Appalachian experiences, and rhetoric and composition.

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