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A common heritage : Noah Webster's blue-back speller

Author: E Jennifer Monaghan
Publisher: Hamden, Conn. : Archon Books, 1983.
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From the Introduction: "This sets Webster's spelling book in an altogether different light. It was just a book that taught children how to spell (although of course it did that as well); it was the book that taught them to read. Although they may well have seen a primer at home, the speller was the first school text to instruct them in the art of reading. So the Webster spelling book, in its various forms, is of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Monaghan, E. Jennifer, 1933-
Common heritage.
Hamden, Conn. : Archon Books, 1983
(OCoLC)899944445
Named Person: Noah Webster; Noah Webster; Noah Webster; Noah Webster
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E Jennifer Monaghan
ISBN: 0208019081 9780208019080
OCLC Number: 8627849
Notes: Revision of: Noah Webster's speller, 1783-1843. Thesis (Ed. D.)--Yeshiva University, 1980.
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Webster's early years, 1758 to 1783 --
First speller: "To inspire the minds of youth" --
Family life and financial problems, 1783 to 1818 --
Webster the businessman and his speller, 1783-1818 --
Dictionary of 1828 --
Orthography and pronunciation --
Revised speller of 1829 --
William Webster and the west: "he was certainly born under an unlucky planet" --
Here I close my literary labors --
Epilogue: That all may speak and write alike --
Conclusion --
Note on the sources --
Abbreviations --
Appendixes: --
1: Editions of primers and spellers, 1767-1810 --
Noah Webster's Spelling Book, 1783-1804 --
Noah Webster's Grammar, 1784-1806 --
Noah Webster's Reader, 1785-1804 --
Copies of American Spelling Book, 1804-1828 --
Copies of American Spelling Book, 1804-1818 and Elementary Spelling Book, 1829-1843 --
Annual totals of Noah Webster's Spelling Books licensed --
Pronunciation key to the American Spelling Book --
Pronunciation key to the Elementary Spelling Book --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: E. Jennifer Monaghan.

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From the Introduction: "This sets Webster's spelling book in an altogether different light. It was just a book that taught children how to spell (although of course it did that as well); it was the book that taught them to read. Although they may well have seen a primer at home, the speller was the first school text to instruct them in the art of reading. So the Webster spelling book, in its various forms, is of more importance to the history of American education than has formerly been appreciated. It deserves to be examined as the most popular reading instructional text of its day. A second purpose of this book, then, is to examine the spelling book on its own terms and in its own context. For Webster, of course, did not write his textbook in a vacuum. He had, it turns out, a useful model: a spelling book written by an Englishman, Thomas Dilworth, who titled his work A New Guide to the English Tongue. (Benjamin Franklin had been the first to produce an American edition, publishing it in 1747.) Webster himself learned to read from "Dilworth," as the work was affectionately known, and he would appropriate Dilworth's book for his own work."--page 14.

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