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The Literate South: Reading and Freedom in the Early U.S.
Beth Schweiger, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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A Literate South: Reading Before Emancipation (Book) [show prizes]
Title: A Literate South: Reading Before Emancipation
Author: Beth Barton Schweiger
Abstract: A provocative examination of literacy in the American South before emancipation, countering the long-standing stereotype of the South’s oral tradition Schweiger complicates our understanding of literacy in the American South in the decades just prior to the Civil War by showing that rural people had access to a remarkable variety of things to read. Drawing on the writings of four young women who lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Schweiger shows how free and enslaved people learned to read, and that they wrote and spoke poems, songs, stories, and religious doctrines that were circulated by speech and in print. The assumption that slavery and reading are incompatible—which has its origins in the eighteenth century—has obscured the rich literate tradition at the heart of Southern and American culture.
Year: 2019
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Publisher: Yale University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780300112535
Copy sent to NEH?: No