American Minute with Bill Federer Common Core? What was in Public School textbooks 150 years ago?
American Minute with Bill Federer
Common Core? What was in Public School textbooks 150 years ago?
Selling a million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of public education in America.
Generations of school children read them, making them some of the most influential books of all time.
They were written by William McGuffey, who died MAY 4, 1873.
professor at the University of Virginia and president of Ohio
University, William McGuffey began one of nation's first teachers'
In the foreword of McGuffey's Reader, 1836, he wrote:
"The Christian religion is the religion of our country.
From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral governor of the universe.
On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions."
McGuffey's Eclectic Sixth Reader, 1907, included a quote from Lyman Beecher:
"While most nations trace their origin to barbarians, the foundations of our nation were laid by civilized men, by Christians...
memory of our fathers should be the watchword of liberty throughout
the land; for, imperfect as they were, the world before had not seen
their like, nor will it soon, we fear, behold their like again.
Such models of moral excellence, such apostles of civil and religious liberty...To ridicule them is national suicide."