How Do You Spell Ruzevelt?

A History of Spelling in America Today and Yesterday

by Thomas K. Black III & Marsha E. Ackermann



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/18/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781480810921
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781480810938

About the Book

Much was at stake in early America as its people struggled to use an evolving language to meet the challenge of new political, economic, and social arrangements. It should come as no surprise, then, that language – in both its spoken and written forms – is fundamentally entwined in national and personal identity. Publishers, politicians, dreamers, schemers, and reformers understood its importance early on, and they sought to bend language to their will. While some think spelling is no longer relevant because of spell check, the author – who grew up participating in spelling bees – disagrees. She explores the rich history of language and spelling, and answers questions such as: Which founding father proposed eliminating the letters J and C from the alphabet? Who spells better: boys or girls? Who won the first national spelling bee? The author also explores her own love and difficulties with spelling, including the mistake that bounced her out of the 1961 National Spelling Bee. Whether you’re a historian, educator, student or simply someone passionate about the written word, you’ll be delighted by the fun-filled facts and answers to obscure questions in How Do You Spell Ruzevelt?

About the Author

Marsha E. Ackermann participated in spelling bees growing up in western New York. She was a reporter for the Buffalo Courier Express and worked in the congressional office of Geraldine Ferraro before earning her doctorate in American Culture from the University of Michigan. She’s also the author of Cold Comfort: America’s Romance with Air Conditioning.