Normandy to Victory

Normandy to Victory : The War Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges and the First U.S. Army

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The first woman elected superintendent of schools in Rowan County, Kentucky, Cora Wilson Stewart (1875--1958) realized that a major key to overcoming the illiteracy that plagued her community was to educate adult illiterates. To combat this problem, Stewart opened up her schools to adults during moonlit evenings in the winter of 1911. The result was the creation of the Moonlight Schools, a grassroots movement dedicated to eliminating illiteracy in one generation. Following Stewart's lead, educators across the nation began to develop similar literacy programs; within a few years, Moonlight Schools had emerged in Minnesota, South Carolina, and other states. Cora Wilson Stewart and Kentucky's Moonlight Schools examines these institutions and analyzes Stewart's role in shaping education at the state and national levels. To improve their literacy, Moonlight students learned first to write their names and then advanced to practical lessons about everyday life. Stewart wrote reading primers for classroom use, designing them for rural people, soldiers, Native Americans, prisoners, and mothers. Each set of readers focused on the knowledge that individuals in the target group needed to acquire to be better citizens within their community. The reading lessons also emphasized the importance of patriotism, civic responsibility, Christian morality, heath, and social progress. Yvonne Honeycutt Baldwin explores the "elusive line between myth and reality" that existed in the rhetoric Stewart employed in order to accomplish her crusade. As did many educators engaged in benevolent work during the Progressive Era, Stewart sometimes romanticized the plight of her pupils and overstated her successes. As she traveled to lecture about the program in other states interested in addressing the problem of illiteracy, she often reported that the Moonlight Schools took one mountain community in Kentucky "from moonshine and bullets to lemonade and Bibles." All rhetoric aside, the inclusive Moonlight Schools ultimately taught thousands of Americans in many under-served communities across the nation how to read and write. Despite the many successes of her programs, when Stewart retired in 1932, the crusade against adult illiteracy had yet to be won. Cora Wilson Stewart presents the story of a true pioneer in adult literacy and an outspoken advocate of women's political and professional participation and leadership. Her methods continue to influence literacy programs and adult education policy and practice.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 616 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 44.7mm | 1,183.88g
  • Lexington, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • First
  • 44
  • 0813125251
  • 9780813125251
  • 1,555,636

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""...Greenwood...has meticulously annotated and documented the diary, enabling readers to gain important insights into both the war and Hodges command style and leadership. Long needed, this is a vitally important work for understanding the war in the West in 1944-45." --R.P. Hallion, Choice" -- "Winner of the 2009 Distinguished Writing Award from the Army Historical Foundation" -- ""Courtney Hodges is among the least known, yet most important, American generals of World War II... During the war, two of the general's aides, Major William Sylvan and Captain Francis Smith, kept a detailed diary recording the everyday decisions, activities, and experiences of Hodges and his First Army staff... John Greenwood... took it upon himself to transcribe and edit that diary for publication. The result is this handsome, and useful, volume that historians will value for its convenient access to the inner workings of Hodges and his First Army staff." -- Global War Studies" -- ""Normandy to Victory" is a fascinating book, filled with detail and immensely useful to anyone trying to understand the Allied campaign in Northern Europe during World War II. John T. Greenwood has done an excellent job of editing the diary as well as the terms, military equipment and obscure references that the general reader might not understand." --J. W. Thacker, Bowling Green Daily News" -- ""Normandy to Victory is an essential source for anyone examining the story of the U.S. Army in Northwest Europe in 1944 and 1945. From D-Day through the pursuit across France and the Battle of the Bulge to the bridge at Remagen, this diary shows the inner workings of the only American field army headquarters present for the entire campaign."--David W. Hogan, Jr., author of A Command Post at War: First Army Headquarters in Europe, 1943-1945 " -- "Provides a rich personal account of events, people, and places as told by an observer at the center of the action...This memoir is a significant contribution to our understanding of a legendary American soldier and the historic events in which he participated." -- McCormick Messenger ""First and foremost a terrific book that provides new insight into the relatively overlooked 1st Army and the significant role played by its commander, General Hodges." --Parameters" -- ""John T. Greenwood has done an excellent job editing Hodges's headquarters diary. Normandy to Victory is a significant resource for understanding how an American army fought in northwest Europe, and it is an important contribution to the published literature of the Second World War." --The Journal of America's Military Past" -- "Named a 2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Title." --
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About William C. Sylvan

John T. Greenwood, retired chief of the Office of Medical History, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army, is the author of Milestones of Aviation.
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