Handwriting in America: A Cultural History

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Yale University Press, 1996 - History - 248 pages
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Copybooks and the Palmer method, handwriting analysis and autograph collecting - these words conjure up a lost world, in which people looked to handwriting as both a lesson in conformity and a talisman of individuality. In this engaging history, ranging from colonial times to the present, Tamara Plakins Thornton explores the shifting functions and meanings of handwriting in America.
  

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User Review  - Dorothea - Goodreads

Ever notice that in some novels written in the 19th and early 20th centuries, a character can pick up an unsigned letter that fell out of another person's pocket and say "Aha! This was written by a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Charles - Goodreads

One of the two best books I know of on the topic (also one of the only two books I know of on the topic). My recollections of it may be benefitting from the nostalgia of having mislaid it. Read full review

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The Romance and Science of Individuality
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Acknowledgments
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Copyright

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JSTOR: Handwriting in America: A Cultural History
Handwriting in America: A Cultural History. Joseph F. Kett. The American Historical Review, Vol. 104, No. 3, 905-906. Jun., 1999. TAMARA PLAKINS THORNTON. ...
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Tamara Plakins Thornton is the author of Handwriting in America: A Cultural History (Yale University Press, 1996). This article previously appeared in The ...
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Learning to Read and Write in Colonial America
Scarlet Letter (Stanford, Calif., 2000); Tamara Plakins Thornton, Handwriting in America: A Cultural History (New. Haven, Conn., 1996); Margaret Connell ...
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“Men of Character, Scribbling Women: Penmanship in Victorian America,” in Handwriting in America: A Cultural History (New Haven: Yale University Press, ...
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Spectator, The: A question of character
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Education Week: Cultural Guideposts, From Families to Penmanship
As Handwriting in America: A Cultural History shows, the personal importance attached to penmanship has been with us since the emergence of script as a ...
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Uniquely Normal: A Brief History and the Value of Handwriting ...
Tamara Plakins Thornton writes in her book, Handwriting in America: A Cultural History, “In colonial America, the ability to read was treasured largely as ...
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About the author (1996)

Thornton is associate professor of history, State University of New York at Buffalo

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