A literary critique of the 1791 and 1813 editions of the American penmanship and handwriting text "The Art of Writing, Reduced to a Plain and Easy System," by John Jenkins is presented. It considers aspects of national identity and individual identity, noting Jenkins' concern for national unity in the first edition. The author explores social and economic facets of handwriting, reflecting on gentility, opportunity, and aesthetics.
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Christen, Richard S., "John Jenkins and The Art of Writing: Handwriting and Identity in the Early American Republic" (2012). Education Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 8.