American Minute with Bill Federer MAY 28 - Noah Webster
American Minute with Bill Federer
MAY 28 - Noah Webster
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He left Yale for four years to fight in the Revolutionary War.
After graduation, he became a lawyer and taught school in New York.
Dissatisfied with the children's spelling books, he wrote the famous Blue-Backed Speller, which sold over one hundred million copies.
After twenty-six years of work, he published the first American Dictionary of the English Language.
His name was Noah Webster, and he died MAY 28, 1843.
In his 1788 essay, "On the Education of Youth in America," printed in Webster's American Magazine, Noah Webster wrote:
"Scripture...may be read in schools, to great advantage. In some
countries the common people are not permitted to read the Bible at all.
In ours, it is as common as a newspaper and in schools is read with
nearly the same degree of respect."
Noah Webster continued:
"My wish is...to see the Bible...used as a system of religion and morality."
In his History of the United States, 1832, Noah Webster wrote:
"The brief exposition of the Constitution of the United States, will
unfold to young persons the principles of republican government...
The genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion."
Noah Webster continued in The History of the United States, 1832:
"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime,
ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their
despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."