How Lincoln Learned to Read

How Lincoln Learned to Read

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How Lincoln Learned to Read tells the American story from a fresh and unique perspective: how do we learn what we need to know? Beginning with Benjamin Franklin and ending with Elvis Presley, author Daniel Wolff creates a series of intimate, interlocking profiles of notable Americans that track the nation's developing notion of what it means to get a qgood education.q From the stubborn early feminism of Abigail Adams to the miracle of Helen Keller, from the savage childhood of Andrew Jackson to the academic ambitions of W.E.B. Du Bois, a single, fascinating narrative emerges. It connects the illiterate Sojourner Truth to the privileged Jack Kennedy, takes us from Paiute Indians scavenging on western deserts to the birth of Henry Ford's assembly line. And as the book traces the education we value - both in and outside the classroom - it becomes a history of key American ideas. In the end, How Lincoln Learned to Read delivers us to today's headlines. Standardized testing, achievement gaps, the very purpose of public education - all have their roots in this narrative. Whether you're a parent trying to make sure your child is prepared, a teacher trying to do the best possible job, or a student navigating the educational system, How Lincoln Learned to Read offers a challenge to consider what we need to know and how we learn it. Wide-ranging and meticulously researched, built mostly on primary sources, this is an American story that begins and ends with hope.did not know about the Market Slump until a long time aftera€ And, he adds, he also needed some golf balls. But which had he been sent away to learn? Had the teenager been packed off so he ... a€œI really did not learn about the depression until I read about it at Harvard.a€ Back in the fall of Jacka#39;s last year in the Riverdale school, the stock market had been booming. More and more trading was done on anbsp;...


Title:How Lincoln Learned to Read
Author: Daniel Wolff
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2009-07-01
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