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As ways of printing improved in the 19th century, schoolbooks, such as this geography book, were able to have more pictures to interest readers. Although these pictures were often wrong or showed stereotypes, they gave students pictures of unfamiliar peoples such as African slaves in Southern States and Native Americans "out west". (See examples on pages 2, 3 & 4 by clicking on the "Select a page" menu above). These books were a real "window to the world" for children who were without TV, radio or movies and with few magazines or newspapers. Ideas and pictures from these books would affect 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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See Also...

"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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