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Children and Youth in a New Nation$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757420

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.001.0001

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“Pictures of the Vicious ultimately overcome by misery and shame”

“Pictures of the Vicious ultimately overcome by misery and shame”

The Cultural Work of Early National Schoolbooks

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(p.149) 8 “Pictures of the Vicious ultimately overcome by misery and shame”
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Children and Youth in a New Nation
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Gretchen A. Adams

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.003.0009

This chapter examines how schoolbooks published in the United States imparted not only knowledge but also patriotism. Schoolbooks were important not only for their central philosophies in tune with republican ideals but for their centrality to the American system of education in and out of the formal classroom. Interestingly, the importance of schoolbooks in the early national cultural landscape lay not only in their content but also in their reach. The practice of “compiling,” the personal acquisition and ownership of schoolbooks, and the realities of a diverse and highly individualized system of instruction not only kept old favorites in print but in their infrequent alteration kept the definitions of a distinctly postrevolutionary virtue alive for decades after they ceased to be critical.

Keywords:   schoolbooks, patriotism, postrevolutionary virtue, compiling schoolbooks, American educational system, republican ideals

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