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As printing technologies improved in the 19th century, schoolbooks, such as this geography text, increasingly contained engraved illustrations to engage readers. Although these illustrations were often inaccurate or stereotypic they provided students with visual images of unfamiliar peoples such as African slaves in Southern States and Native Americans "out west". These books were a real "window to the world" for children in a time before TV, radio or movies and with access to few magazines or newspapers. Ideas and images absorbed from these books would color the thoughts and beliefs of the children who studied them.


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"A Practical System of Modern Geography"

publisher   Robinson, Pratt and Company
author   Jesse Olney (1798-1872)
date   1841
location   New York
height   6.5"
width   4.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Books/Textbook / Schoolbooks
accession #   #L99.115

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"Mitchell's Primary Geography. An Easy Introduction to the Study of Geography: Designed for the Instruction of Children"

"Regulations For the Government of the Schools in the Town of Deerfield"

"Colton and Fitch's Modern School Geography"

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