• Robert F. Arnove
  • Harvey J. Graff


The idea of a campaign to promote massive and rapid increases in rates of literacy is not unique to the twentieth century. We contend, and this work illustrates, that major and largely successful campaigns to raise levels of literacy have taken place over the past four hundred years from the time of the Protestant Reformations, and that they share common elements. Our belief is that contemporary literacy campaigns can be better understood in a historical and comparative perspective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert F. Arnove
    • 1
  • Harvey J. Graff
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Arts and HumanitiesUniversity of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA

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