From Library Journal
In this comprehensive exploration of the history of literacy in America, Kaestle (educational policy studies and history, Univ. of Wisconsin) and his colleagues investigate numerous and varied sources, providing a clear picture of the effects of reading and literacy on a democratic society. In addition, the authors study the reading habits and abilities of Americans, revealing a "perspective on the present moment in the history of American literacy" in an attempt to draw attention to the urgency of domestic literacy problems. Their straightforward narrative gives necessary information without irrelevant details and is complemented by a definitive bibliography. Recommended for historians, informed laypersons, and specialists, as well as those interested in the role of literacy in U.S. society.- Bonnie Johnson, Montana State Univ. Lib., Bozeman
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