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Calculating People : The Spread of Numeracy in Early America

Calculating People : The Spread of Numeracy in Early America - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415925785

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Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 1999
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Calculating People : The Spread of Numeracy in Early America - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415925785

Patricia Cline Cohen

ISBN13: 978-0415925785
ISBN10: 0415925789
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

A Calculating People is an entertaining and informative history of the birth of the American passion for numbers, tracing the history of "numeracy" from its origins in the Enlightenment to its flowering in mid-19th century America. Patricia Cline Cohen focuses on episodes that illustrate the growing skill and enthusiasm for numbers in the colonies and early republic, from the controversial inauguration of the census in Jamestown and the West Indies to the role played by "statisticks" in politics and social reform. By examining the rising prestige of quantification, Cohen sheds light on the changing ways that Americans thought about their social, political and economic relations. Now back in print, A Calculating People reveals how numeracy profoundly shaped the character of society in the early republic and provides a wholly original perspective on the development of modern America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Numeracy in Seventeenth-Century England
2. Colonial Counting
3. Patterns and Providence
4. Republican Arithmetic
5. Statistics and the State
6. The Census of 1840
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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