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"All the evidence provides a background of the function of data within the usa when you consider that 1870, whilst the kingdom all started an almost 150-year interval of monetary prosperity and technological and medical modifications. James Cortada argues that electorate and their associations used details greatly as instruments to reinforce their paintings and personal lives and they used evidence to aid form how the state developed during

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More importantly, as discussed in ­chapter 2, the number of years of formal education by students rose over time. 74 A bigger problem relates to the legacy of slavery. During slavery, it was against local laws in southern states to teach slaves how to read and write, for fear they would be able to use communications to foment slave revolts. Perhaps 5 percent of slaves received some education, while a similar percentage of free African Americans were literate. Educational facilities for freed slaves in post–Civil War America lagged in number and quality compared to those for white students, to such an extent that the Supreme Court ruled that this disparity was unconstitutional in 1954 in the Brown v.

The centerpiece of that activity was the census, which the Constitution required be taken every 10 years and its findings communicated to the nation. Each census asked more questions than prior ones. Over time government agencies produced additional collections of information in support of the nation’s economy. 48 The US Government Printing Office (better known as the GPO) became the largest publisher in the world. 49 A fourth class of facilitators was the combination of economics and technologies at work.

Schooling helped people organize information and think about facts and ideas in ways that allowed them to call them up, much the way a cook might reach for a cooking utensil or a worker a tool. , tracking temperatures on one’s farm over the years), and tinker with trial-and-error ways and observation. 56 Education began as a political construct that the public rapidly applied to nearly all aspects of people’s lives. When writing in 1787 about the leading principles that informed the nature of the American Constitution, Noah Webster described the importance of education this way: “But while property is considered the basis of the freedom of the American yeomanry, there are other auxiliary supports; among which is the information of the people.

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