By Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire sequence spans the historical past of the us from the Revolution to the post-World conflict II years. With their large canvas and massive forged of fictional and old characters, the novels during this sequence current a landscape of the yank political and imperial event as interpreted by way of one among its such a lot worldly, understanding, and ironic observers.

The centennial of the U.S. used to be celebrated with nice fanfare--fireworks, exhibitions, pious calls to patriotism, and maybe the main underhanded political machination within the country's background: the robbery of the presidency from Samuel Tilden in prefer of Rutherford B. Hayes. This was once the Gilded Age, whilst robber barons held the handbag strings of the country, and the get together in energy was firm to stick in energy. Gore Vidal's 1876 provides us the inside track of the day in the course of the eyes of Charlie Schuyler, who has lower back from exile to regain a misplaced fortune and organize a wedding into manhattan society for his widowed daughter. And even if Tammany corridor has faltered and Boss Tweed has fled, the consequences of corruption achieve deep, even into Schuyler's family.

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These recent immigrants, on average, had TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT FOR ADULTS: IMPROVING FOUNDATION SKILLS – ISBN-978-92-64-03990-2 © OECD 2008 38 – 2. WHO ARE THE LEARNERS? DATA FROM INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL SURVEYS lower scores than established immigrants. ALL survey results for Norway found that within the immigrant population, 69% are at risk (Level 1 on at least one of the literacy tests), as compared to 12% of the total adult population (OECD and Statistics Canada, 2005; Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training and Vox/Norwegian Institute for Adult Education, 2008).

The 2002 Survey on Daily Life in France, conducted by the Institut national de la statistique et des études economiques (INSEE, or National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies) and the Agence nationale de lutte contre l’illetrisme (ANLCI, or the National Agency for the Fight Against Illiteracy). The survey draws upon a representative sample of 10 000 adults between the ages of 18 and 65. It includes tests on reading, writing and numeracy, as well as home-based interviews (see Illetrisme: les chiffres, ANLCI and INSEE, 2006).

And S. Parsons (2005), New Light on Literacy and Numeracy: Results of the Literacy and Numeracy Assessment in the Age 34 FollowUp of the 1970 Cohort Study, NRDC, London. , A. Parrella and L. Soricone (2000), “Helping Adults Persist: Four Supports”, Focus on Basics: Connecting Research & Practice, National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, Vol. 4, Issue A. F. Tremblay and S. Marchand (2004), International Adult Literacy Survey, Literacy Scores, Human Capital Growth across Fourteen OECD Countries, Statistics Canada, Ottawa.

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