Girls and literacy in America: historical perspectives to the present

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ABC-CLIO, May 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 379 pages
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Girls and Literacy in America offers a tour of the opportunities, obstacles, and achievements in girls' education from the limited possibilities of colonial days to the wide-open potential of the Internet generation.

Six essays, written by historians and focused on particular historical periods, examine the extensive range of girls' literacies in both educational and extracurricular settings. Girls from various ethnic and racial backgrounds, social classes, religions, and geographic areas of the nation are included. A host of primary documents, including such items as an 18th - century hornbook to excerpts from girls' "conversations" in Internet chat rooms, allow readers an opportunity to evaluate for themselves some of the materials mentioned in the volume's opening essays. And finally, an extensive bibliography will be invaluable to students expected to conduct more extensive primary research.

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Dr. Jane Greer is a psychotherapist practicing in New York City and the author of three previous books: "Gridlock: Finding The Courage to Move On in Love, Life, and Work"; "How Could You Do This to Me: Learning to Trust After Betrayal"; and "Adult Sibling Rivalry," She writes the weekly "Let's Talk About Sex" column for Redbook Magazine Online. Dr. Greer has made numerous appearances on national television, including The Today Show, The Early Show, The View, Dateline NBC, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been interviewed repeatedly for articles in many publications. She is a long-standing member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Visit Dr. Greer on the Internet at

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