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US Army literacy program for illiterates

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  1. Riter

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    Found the following in the link below:

    Soldiers Literacy Training Collection An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

    Presently reading Boy Soldier by McLogan and the author mentions a soldier from Georgia who never attended school. He asked how to spell "happy." "After I told him how, plus several other simple words, he showed me the books he had used at "goon school" as he called it. There were like "Dick and Jane" readers used in primary grades except the characters were soldiers and the situations military.

    Anybody ever see a military Dick & Jane reader? I went to Eghey and couldn't find any.
     
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    Thanks OpanaPointer.

    Post-Civil War US Army had four regiments of colored soldiers. 9th & 10th Cav, 24 & 25th Infantry. The chaplains in those regiments were not only responsible for the spiritual needs of the men, but they also expected to teach them to read.
     
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    The white troops didn't have to read to be drafted.
     
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    Thank you Takao. That's exactly what I was looking for.
     

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