The Forgotten Founding Father

The Forgotten Founding Father

Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of An American Culture

Book - 2011/04/14
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Chronicles the story of the first American-English dictionary's creator, revealing his close associations with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin as well as his authorship of an influential school primer and advocacy of a distinct American culture.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2011/04/14
ISBN: 9780399156991
Branch Call Number: B WEBSTER
Characteristics: 355 p


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Jan 30, 2017

He was the son of Connecticut farmer. He struggled to go to Yale, his schooling interrupted by money difficulties and the American Revolution. As a teacher, he decided the English speller then in use was outdated and didn't reflect American words accurately, so he wrote a new one ... beginning a long and sometimes controversial campaign to both create and promote American culture. Educator, journalist, newspaper editor, state politician, Noah Webster was a man who ought to inspire anyone with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He traveled extensively to talk state governments into writing copyright laws. He spent many years compiling and editing the first "Dictionary of the American Language". As I learned more about Noah Webster, I also learned more about the generation that established our nation.


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