Literacy, Opportunity, And Economic Change

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This critique will be of chapter one of the book Literacy in American Lives. The author of this book is Dr. Deborah Brandt, a professor of English at Wisconsin Madison University and her main focus in Literacy in American Lives is to study about how people have learned to read, how they use their ability to read, and how literacy learning changes with time. In this first chapter “Literacy, Opportunity, and Economic Change”, Brandt focuses on how economic change can affect the value of literacy, and the impact that this change in the value of literacy has in the lives of two farm women from Wisconsin. For the main evidence of her work in chapter one Brandt goes into the personal stories of two women by which she has given the names Martha Day and Barbara Hunt. Martha Day grew up on a farm in a time near the 1920‘s; she did well in high school but did not pursue a higher education because, according to Day, they didn’t push girls like they did men back then (Brandt). She married a book keeper and became a small town journalist when her Sunday school teacher, who also happened to be the editor of the local paper, asked her to manage a monthly news letter about the out pouring of agricultural articles from the local university and stations. Eventually, Day started to write her own articles and moved into the corporate world of journalism writing a bimonthly column on domestic topics. She was able to work her whole life in this field and retire happily all with only a high
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