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- Aug 2020
early acts of literacy were closely tied to power and chiefly used for management practices, and probably less than 1% of the population was literate, as it was confined to a very small ruling elite.
Literacy has always been used to separate the powerful from the powerless. This makes me think of "literacy tests" that were implemented from the late 1800s to the mid 1960s to prevent minorities, specifically Black Americans, from voting.