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A is for American : letters and other characters in the newly United States / Jill Lepore.

By: Lepore, Jill,, 1966- author.
Call number: PE2809 L46 2003 Material type: TextTextNew York : Vintage Books, 2003.Edition: First Vintage Books edition..Description: 241 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780375704086 (pbk.)Other title: Letters and other characters in the newly United States.Subject(s): English language -- United States -- History. | English language -- Social aspects -- United States. | National characteristics, American -- History. | English language -- 18th century. | English language -- 19th century. | Americanisms -- History.Summary: What ties Americans to one another? What unifies a nation of citizens with different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds? These were the dilemmas faced by Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they sought ways to bind the newly United States together. In A is for American, award-winning historian Jill Lepore portrays seven men who turned to language to help shape a new nations character and boundaries. From Noah Websters attempts to standardize American spelling, to Alexander Graham Bells use of {28} Visible Speech.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

What ties Americans to one another? What unifies a nation of citizens with different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds? These were the dilemmas faced by Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they sought ways to bind the newly United States together. In A is for American, award-winning historian Jill Lepore portrays seven men who turned to language to help shape a new nations character and boundaries. From Noah Websters attempts to standardize American spelling, to Alexander Graham Bells use of {28} Visible Speech.

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