Book Discussion on A Is for American

Professor Lepore gave a talk, illustrated with photographs, about her book, A Is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly… read more

Professor Lepore gave a talk, illustrated with photographs, about her book, A Is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States, published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book is her account of how language was used in the early American Republic to define the young nation’s character and shape its boundaries. Some of the characters involved in the adoption of a national language included: Samuel F.B. Morse who invented the dot and dash code of the telegraph, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet who developed sign language for the deaf, and a Cherokee silversmith named Sequoyah who produced an 85-character syllabary for his tribe’s independence. At the end of the program she answered questions from members of the audience. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Book Discussion on A Is for American

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 30, 2002
Last Aired:
Jul 6, 2002

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  • Mar 30, 2002 | 10:55pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 31, 2002 | 7:55pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 07, 2002 | 7:01am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 20, 2002 | 3:20pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 06, 2002 | 1:26pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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