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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? 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 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. Still other Americans used letters and other characters to distance themselves from the United States. Cherokee silversmith Sequoyah invented an eighty-five-character syllabary for the Cherokee language to promote his people's independence; Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima, an aging slave inNatchez, Mississippi, demonstrated his Arabic literacy to gain both his freedom and his passage back to Africa. In A Is for American, Jill Lepore tells the tales of these seven unusual characters-Webster, Thornton, Sequoyah, Gallaudet, Abd al-Rahman, Morse, and Books, History~~United States~~Revolutionary Period (1775-1800), Is-for-American~~Jill-Lepore, , , , , , , , , , Knopf Publishing Group

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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. Still other Americans used letters and other characters to distance themselves from the United States. Cherokee silversmith Sequoyah invented an eighty-five-character syllabary for the Cherokee language to promote his people's independence; Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima, an aging slave in Natchez, Mississippi, demonstrated his Arabic literacy to gain both his freedom and his passage back toAfrica. In "A Is for American," Jill Lepore tells the tales of these seven unusual characters--Webster, Thornton, Sequoyah, Gallaudet, Abd al-Rahman, Morse, and Bell--and their efforts to use language to define national character and shape national boundaries. Taken together, these superbly told stories, ranging from the Revolution to Reconstruction, reveal the daunting challenges faced by a new nation in unifying its diverse people. A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States Lepore, Jill, Alfred A. Knopf

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Nativist, xenophobe, and anti-immigration pamphleteer, Samuel Morse was known in his day for more than the telegraphic code that bears his name--one of the many things we learn from the prizewinning historian Jill Lepore in this vivid study of language and linguistic politics in the early American republic. Morse "never gave up his hatred of immigrants," Lepore writes, but all the same nursed hopes that his dot-and-dash alphabet would somehow contribute to world peace. Just so, Noah Webster, of dictionary fame and also anti-immigration, sought to lay down rules for a language that would "build Americans' fragile sense of national belonging," while Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet sought to provide a language for the deaf, and Sequoyah a syllabary for the Cherokee people that would enable them to participate as citizens in the larger society. Language is power, these reformers and inventors knew. Lepore's highly readable study of language and its political uses in 18th and 19th century America gives us a new context in which to consider language-reform movements today as well as a window into the American past. --Gregory McNamee 19th century,20th century,americas,education and reference,england,europe,history,linguistics,revolution and founding,words language and grammar Linguistics, Knopf

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[EAN: 9780375404498], [PU: Knopf], History|Historical Geography, History|United States|General, History|United States|Revolutionary Period (1775-1800), Language Arts & Disciplines|Linguistics, Social Science|Ethnic Studies, This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: The Bancroft Prize-winning author of The Name of War brings her historical narrative skill to a group portrait of seven men who had radically different aims and temperaments but shared a common belief in the importance of language in shaping national boundaries.The seven men in Jill Lepore's A Is for American each sought to use language to mold society, sometimes with unintended consequences. From Noah Webster, who saw spelling reform as a vehicle to strengthen American unity, to Sequoyah, whose Cherokee syllabary helped preserve his people's "Indianness, " to Samuel Morse, who hoped his telegraph and code would wire the nation together -- Lepore brilliantly explores the personalities, work, and influence of these distinctly American characters. In the process, she paints a compelling picture of the challenges faced by a new nation trying to unify its diverse people.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780375404498
ISBN (ISBN-10): 037540449X
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Publishing year: 1775
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

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