Thursday, March 19, 2020

Reading - 18C American Woman with a Book

1750 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Mrs. William Foye Elizabeth Campbell with Books on the Windowsil behind her

In 1974, University of Montana scholar Kenneth Lockridge’s Literacy in Colonial New England, claims that while male literacy in New England rose from 60 percent in the late 17C to 90 percent by the early days of the Republic, he estimated female literacy in the same period as rising from 31 percent to 48 percent—roughly half the rate of males.