A Beginners Guide
Deciphering old style handwriting is a skill that is acquired with time. Here, we
will try to avoid those little learning roadblocks, and turn the task into a pleasure.
The earliest written American examples of English would
be the documents and correspondence from our Virginia Colony (1607 and later).
Those examples fall within a time period called Early Modern English (1500-1700).
We will be looking at American English handwriting and printing styles of seventeenth,
eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.
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