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A is for American : letters and other characters in the newly United States

Author: Jill Lepore
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jill Lepore
ISBN: 0375704086 : 9780375704086
OCLC Number: 51541081
Description: 241 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Other Titles: Letters and other characters in the newly United States
Responsibility: Jill Lepore.

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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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