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Authors of early 19th century American schoolbooks had strong ideas about the world and the people in it. It was not their goal to give a fair view. They were bringing up the next generation of Americans and it was their goal to have an effect on their thinking. A New Englander who was fond and proud of his home wrote this geography book in 1831. He said: "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.) His view of Indians as "ignorant, barbarous, and warlike" was typical of the time and was the answer to many for the continued westward movement 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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