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SCHOOLS, ACADEMIES, AND FAMILIES.
BY ROSWELL C. SMITH,
Author of "Intellectual and Practical Grammar" "Practical
and Mental Arithmetic,"
"The Productive Grammar," "Introductory Arithmetic," &c.
PHILADEPHIA: W. MARSHALL & CO.
HARTFORD: D. BURGESS & CO.
BOSTON: RUSSEL,ODIORNE AND CO.—NEW-YORK: B. AND S. COL-
LINS.—BALTIMORE: J.N. LEWIS.—PROVIDENCE: MARSHALL,
BROWN AND CO.—LOUISVILLE: KELLOGG AND PARKER.—BUF-
FALO: T. AND M. BUTLER.—CINCINNATI: C.P. BARNES.—AL-
BANY: OLIVER STEELE.—NORTHAMPTON: J.H BUTLER—CON-
CORD: H. HILL.—PETERSBURGH: J.W. CAMPBELL.—BROOK-
LYN,L.L.: A. HEGEMAN AND SON.
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Students and their families bought their own schoolbooks. Teachers taught the subjects from the books each child brought. Spellers, readers and arithmetic books were most common, followed by geography books like this one by Roswell Smith. The question and answer system, or catechism, Smith used was common to schoolbooks of the period. Students learned by memorizing the answer to each question exactly as it appeared in the book. When Jedediah Morse wrote the first American geography in 1784, he included only two maps, but Smith's geography had maps and pictures. It also provided information on countries and cultures around the world.
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"Smith's Geography on the Productive System; for Schools, Academies, and Families"
| publisher W. Marshall and Company
| author Roswell Chamberlain Smith (1797-1875)
| date 1835
| location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
| height 8.25"
| width 4.0"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Books/Textbook / Schoolbooks
| accession # #L99.114
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