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How Lincoln Learned to Read: Twelve Great Americans and the Educations That Made Them
 
 
Author
Daniel Wolff.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9781596912908
Pages/Publication Date 352/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31901
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The author of 4th of July, Asbury Park, a NYTBR Editor's Choice, Daniel Wolff here gives us an engaging, provocative history of American ideas, told through the educations (both in and out of school) of Benjamin Franklin, Abigail Adams, Andrew Jackson, Sojourner Truth, Sarah Winnemucca, Henry Ford, W.E.B. Du Bois, Helen Keller, Rachel Carson, John F. Kennedy, and Elvis Presley. Whether you're a parent making sure your child is well prepared, an educator trying to do the best possible job, or a student navigating the educational system, Wolff offers a range of perspectives on what we need to know and how we learn it.

"From Abe Lincoln's obsession with books and newspapers to Elvis's fascination with movies and their soundtracks, Wolff ties these varied biographies together with common historical threads, discerning how each was able to surmount difficulties and make his or her mark. We learn that Ben Franklin 'finds his refuge in books' as a child and that Abigail Adams 'entered the adult world through the library.' W.E.B. DuBois was fortunate to be born in Massachusetts, where education was mandatory for 6- to 12-year-olds, black or white. Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, a Paiute Indian, opened her own Indian school, striving to keep the traditional ways alive in the face of white-run schools trying to exterminate Indian traditions. Enriched by historical details of the Civil War and world wars, the Great Depression, and the rise of unions, and backed by extensive primary sources, Wolff's essays provide enlightening glimpses into the often-serendipitous process of education."Booklist

 
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