Reading existed long before the written word, but writing was both created by human civilization and simultaneously helped create those civilizations. From the ancient cuneiform of Mesopotamia through the alphabets of Ancient Greece and beyond the invention of the printing press, the written word has continuously changed those that write it and read it. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with MATTHEW BATTLES, writer and program fellow at the Berkman Center of Harvard University about his amazing new history: PALIMPSET: A HISTORY OF THE WRITTEN WORD.
Writer and historian ARDIS CAMERON returns to Inquiry to talk about her history of the women mill workers of Lawrence, Massachusetts. These laboring women, many recent emigrants, banded together to protest unfair pay and work conditions in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Cameron’s book is titled: RADICALS OF THE WORST SORT: LABORING WOMEN IN LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS 1860-1912.