[PW] Foreign opinions of levels of learning in 18th-19th century America?

Kevin O'Kelly rkokelly at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 18:33:07 PST 2016


Thank you!

On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 9:24 PM, John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:

> Kevin O'Kelly scripsit:
>
> > And to advance into the nineteenth century, I know America 1820-1860 was
> > the heyday of the founding of membership libraries. I would like to know
> if
> > there's any evidence of foreigners remarking on their impact.
>
> Toqueville doesn't speak of libraries, but he does mention that Americans
> are great readers, and that readers are to be found in all classes.
> See chapters 13 and 14 of part 2 of _Democracy in America_.
>
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