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McGuffey and his readers: Piety, morality, and education in nineteenth-century America [Paperback]

By John H Westerhoff (Author)
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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 4.1" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 24, 2002
Publisher   Mott Media
ISBN  0880620064  
EAN  9780880620062  

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Learn about William McGuffey and the impact his readers had on the piety, morality and education in 19th century America.

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McGuffey was called the schoolmaster to a nation. Learn about the man whose books guided the minds of four-fifths of the school children of the nation in the 1800's.

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Some interesting historical information  Aug 7, 2003
We recently got a set of the McGuffey Readers. It was kind of a surprise to find that the set we had was very different from a single copy of the second reader we had. So I was curious about the history of the Readers.
Basically a couple of businessmen in the west (being Cincinnati at that time) contacted McGuffey and asked if he would create some readers. Up until then most of the readers were from New England. McGuffey got paid $$$$$ and he collected selections for the first four readers. The last two were put together by his younger brother. Then over the years there were several revisions done by other people. I think the last main revision was done in 1879. The first editions were very, very religious. Over time the subsequent editions still pushed character issues like honesty, hard work, but didn't talk about God as much.
All total something like 120 million copies of the readers were published. Several generations were raised on the McGuffey Readers. They become the reading curriculum for the whole nation. The decline in American education at the same time John Dewey was pushing to get people off the McGuffey Readers in the 1900 to 1930 time period.
The author says we don't know much about McGuffey's ancestry, or his childhood. He was one of eleven children. He married at 27 and had 5 children with his first wife. The three boys died young, one was a month old, one was about a year old, and one was sixteen years old. His wife died, he remarried and lost one more child. He appears to have been very strict as a parent and as a teacher.
Even as a college professor, and a part time minister, he made time to investigate how to teach children how to read. He would gather neighborhood children together and try different selections on them.
There is a lot of speculation in this book on what McGuffey believed.
At many schools the first two readers were enough to teach people how to read. One central theme of the original McGuffey Readers was that God was the creator.
The book was OK, the stuff about McGuffey was fascinating.

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