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Usage examples for illiteracy

  1. How long are we going to stand this scandal of international illiteracy and ignorance, fraught with such ominous peril for the future? – German Problems and Personalities by Charles Sarolea
  2. Many of them, by reason of the scattering and dispersed condition of their parishes, lived as domestic chaplains with the wealthier planters, and partook of their illiteracy and their passion for gaming and hunting. – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  3. An assumed illiteracy belonged with the side of life which he presented; but it is pathetic now to consider some of the really masterly sayings of Josh Billings presented in that uncouth form which was regarded as a part of humor a generation ago. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  4. Despite the backwardness of Negro schools, great progress has been made in the matter of decreasing Negro illiteracy. – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  5. What is being done in your community and in your state to eradicate illiteracy and to teach English to foreigners? – Community Civics and Rural Life by Arthur W. Dunn
  6. Unless our citizens are trained to spend money wisely, and to distinguish clearly between the relative values of services and commodities, an increase in wages will never eliminate malnutrition, illiteracy, and other elements of poverty. – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  7. And the American drama has to be filtered through that sort of- of illiteracy? – Blue-grass and Broadway by Maria Thompson Daviess
  8. In the cotton textile industry alone, and along the line of age- limit and illiteracy alone, its statistics show that in a group of States having no age limit for child laborers, there are over 10 percent of female workers under fourteen years of age, and that in those same States over 50 percent of the children of both sexes so employed are unable to read or write. –  by
  9. His illiteracy is classic; his ignorant sayings irresistable. – Walking-Stick Papers by Robert Cortes Holliday
  10. With the disappearance of illiteracy and of the ignorance of the language of the country will also disappear many of the trouble- breeding problems which have held back immigrants in gaining their fair share of real prosperity, the intelligence and self- respect which are vital ingredients in any good citizenship. – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine
  11. Illiteracy was common enough and might be overlooked, but a mixed marriage was unthinkable. – My Lady of the Chimney Corner by Alexander Irvine
  12. He clamours for articles filled with statistics about illiteracy and alien immigration and the number of battleships in the Japanese navy. – Frenzied Fiction by Stephen Leacock
  13. Half the population is sunk in economic bondage and illiteracy, but the other half has more than average capacity for citizenship." – The Black Man's Place in South Africa by Peter Nielsen
  14. To those who will naturally ask why Cheng Lin, if really sincere in his determination, could not imperceptibly acquire even so large a sum as a thousand taels while in the house of the wealthy Wang Ho, immersed as the latter person was with the pursuit of the full face of high mandarins and further embarrassed by a profuse illiteracy, it should be sufficient to apply the warning: " Beware of helping yourself to corn from the manger of the blind mule." – Kai Lung's Golden Hours by Ernest Bramah Commentator: Hilaire Belloc
  15. " Observation has convinced me," wrote Melvill Dewey, " that the reason why so many people are not habitual readers is, in most cases, that they have never really learned to read; and, startling as this may seem, tests will show that many a man who would resent the charge of illiteracy is wholly unable to reproduce the author's thoughts by looking at the printed page." – Children and Their Books by James Hosmer Penniman
  16. It was in praise of De Wet, who in spite of his blue spectacles, seemed by far the most clear- sighted of all the Boer generals, and who, notwithstanding his illiteracy, was beyond all others well versed in the bewildering ways of the veldt. – With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back by Edward P. Lowry
  17. The Negro is not skilled in manufacturing or mechanical lines, and he is kept out of the higher trades and professions by reason of illiteracy and social barriers. – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  18. One would have thought that at least in a man's own parish and his own private concerns illiteracy would be no disadvantage; yet, in fact, it hampers him on every side. – Change in the Village by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  19. This is demanded, not by the state of the child's intelligence, but by the society in which he lives, where illiteracy would bring shame upon him. – Mentally Defective Children by Alfred Binet Théodore Simon
  20. For Belloc did not hesitate to call Lord Northcliffe a traitor for the way in which he had attacked Kitchener, while Cecil amused himself by reviewing and pointing out the illiteracy of that strange peer's own writing. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
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