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The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting

The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting

In the digital age of instant communication, handwriting is less necessary than ever before, and indeed fewer and fewer schoolchildren are being taught how to write in cursive.

Introduction: Handwriting Is History

Chapter 1. The Strangely Familiar Very Far Past

Chapter 2. The Problem with Very Beautiful Writing

Chapter 3. The Long Tail of Greece and Rome

Chapter 4. Human Xerox Machines

Chapter 5. The Politics of Script

Chapter 6. Handwriting as Distinction

Chapter 7. Righteous, Manly Hands

Chapter 8. A Devilish Contrivance

Chapter 9. Long Descenders

Chapter 10. Questioned Documents

Chapter 11. Digital Handwriting

Chapter 12. The Continual Revival of Fancy Letters

Chapter 13. The Science of Handwriting

Conclusion: Our John Hancocks

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