|"At the offices of BuzzFeed, a company that tracks viral content on the Web, the young staff seems to hardly use cursive. " --|
"Technology may script an end to the art of cursive writing" NBC Nightly News here.
Many styles of cursive are very hard to read today. They were developed after Jefferson and the goose quill pen. Steel nibs let the average person have the penmanship of a monk creating an illuminated manuscript. Jefferson was chosen not just for his literary style or political opinions (which they removed), but for his penmanship: everyone could read it. It was not so with other styles.
You know what German Fraktur looks like, that "Black Forest" or "Olde Englishe" or "Wedding Text". Well, it was a sign of culture in Germany to know the cursive for that. So, some people (see here) specialize in translating it for geneaology or historical research.
In the USA, at that time (19th and 20th) the standard was called Spencerian. It, too, is hard to read today.
Google or Bing for "spencerian" to find this among many many others.
The simple cursive that Steve, Fred, Stephen and the other olde folkes here learned was based on the pencil and ballpoint pen. Think of it as the idiot's version of Spencerian.
Moreover, while this line is in sans-serif or Gothic,
this line is in serif or Roman.
Gothic penmanship was invented in the monestary scriptoria where rapid writing was needed. It is very pared down, without finishing strokes on the letters.
Lest you think it makes no difference. for several months, I pronounced "LinkedIn" as "Linked-line" because of the way it looks in the universal sans-serif of Arial or Helvetica: LinkedIn. I cannot tell an l from an I. Helvetica is for Ldiots. I could rant about it being the product of proletarian politics, but I will not. After I learned what it really is called, I hit the mispronunciation even harder: Linked-LLLN.
Back in 1985, in order to teach computer aided design, they made me take a class in drafting. You have no idea how many unique strokes are required for simple "block printing" of capital letters. Again, it is the difference between "proper" penmanship and the common idiocy of scribbling.
Handwriting changes.... And if you read the NBC News story above, you will find that schools still teach it. I will grant though that the Common Core standards for writing require in the 4th grade that a student have sufficient keyboarding skills to produce two pages at a single sitting.
Also, the Declaration, etc., all, all have been transcribed. If you goto the Avalon Project of Yale Law School, you will find documents from centuries gone by, the Mayflower Compact, the English Bill of Rights...
And, just to note... Objectivists worship Aristotle, but can you read him in Greek? I taught myself. We no longer require Greek and Latin of the educated.