Harvey J. GraffAug 9, 2022
The Literacy Myth
Cultural Integration and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century
Harvey Graff's pioneering study presents a new and original interpretation of the place of literacy in nineteenth-century society and culture. Based upon an intensive comparative historical analysis, employing both qualitative and quantitative techniques, and on a wide range of sources, The Literacy Myth: Cultural Integration and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century (Academic Press, 1979; new edition with new introductionTransaction, 1991) reevaluates the role typically assigned to literacy in historical scholarship, cultural understanding, economic development schemes, and social doctrines and ideologies.