Sunday, September 9, 2018

Reading - 18C American Woman with a Book

1753 Joseph Blackburn (fl in the colonies 1754-1763 Mary Lea (Mrs. John Harvey) with a tooled leather book

Historian Gloria L. Main has written, “Historians have tended to treat female literacy as a minor postscript to the larger tale of literacy’s spread, but the story for women has important dimensions of its own.”  Thomas Jefferson’s plan for a public school system included girls, but that was not typical of 18C education where women’s literacy lagged behind men’s.