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A PRACTICAL SYSTEM
VIEW OF THE PRESENT STATE OF
Simplified and adapted to the capacity of Youth.
CONTAINING NUMEROUS TABLES,
Exhibiting the Divisions, Settlement, Population, Extent, Lakes,
Canals, and the various Institutions of the United States and
Europe; the different forms of Government, Prevailing Reli-
gions, the Latitude and Longitude of the Principal Places on
EMBELLISHED WITH NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS OF
Manners, Customs, &c.
ACCOMPANIED BY A NEW AND IMPROVED
BY J. OLNEY
HARTFORD, D. F. ROBINSON & CO.
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Given the author's strong New England bias, the subtitle of this 1831 geography school textbook, "A View of the Present State of the World", might more accurately read "A New Englander's View of the Present State of the World." Authors of early 19th century American schoolbooks had marked opinions on the world and the people in it. It was not their goal to give an unbiased view. They were raising up the next generation of Americans and it was their goal to influence the thinking of the rising new generation. This geography book was written by a New Englander who was both fond and proud of his home region. He wrote: "The people of New England are intelligent, moral, industrious, and enterprising." (See pages 64 and 65 by clicking on the Select a page menu.) His view of the slave holding Southern states was not so kind. (See page 92, third paragraph.) The author's view of Indians as "ignorant, barbarous, and warlike" was typical of the period and justified to many the continued westward expansion of the new American nation at the Indian's expense (See page 119).
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"A Practical System of Modern Geography: or View of the Present State of the World."
| publisher D. F. Robinson and Company
| author Jesse Olney (1798-1872)
| date 1831
| location Hartford, Connecticut
| height 6.0"
| width 3.5"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Books/Textbook / Schoolbooks
| accession # #L00.015
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