Reading Becomes a Necessity of Life: Material and Cultural Life in Rural New England, 1780-1835

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Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1992 - History - 538 pages
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Gilmore (history, Stockton State College) is concerned with the half century following independence, during which rural New England changed from a traditional agricultural region into a commercialized one. He examines the links among cultural, social, and economic aspects of this transformation, an ingredient of which was an ideological commitment to reading and learning. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Continuity
17
The Study Area and the Scale of Generalization 27
27
Reading Instruction in Rural New England
34
Toward the Intellectual Emancipation
42
The Commercialization of Rural Life
53
Understandings of Economic Life
60
The Foundations of Participation
114
Popular Sellers and the Life Cycle 217
217
The Material Anchors
225
Windsor District Society and the American Northeast
240
176o183o 24o
247
Kinds of Works Retained
264
Windsor District and Rural America
273
Human Habitats
285
The Commercialization of Economic Social
352

Agents of LiteracyFamily and District School 121
121
Elementary LiteracyPace and Motives 127
127
The Human Habitats of Rural New England
135
Description of the Human Habitats
141
History of the Network of Human Habitats
148
The Communication System
157
Zones of Access to Print Culture
178
Upper Valley Vehicles of Print Communicatons
189
Rural Pluralism and Cultural Diversity 359
359
Print Culture and Evidence for Other Forms
377
The Upper Valley Occupational System
396
Inventories Spine Titles and Family Libraries
402
Abbreviations 481
481
Index
515
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