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Publisher: Journals Gateway
The New England Quarterly (2012) 85 (3): 491–525.
Published: 01 September 2012
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Author of the first truly American handwriting book (1791), John Jenkins introduced an innovative pedagogy that, he promised, would make elegant handwriting “plain and easy” for all. Fusing old with new, he argued that synthesis–gentility with opportunity, aesthetics with utility, hand with mind–would come to define American identity in the early republic.