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Moral Culture in the McGuffey Readers Perkins Jr Clarence W

Moral Culture in the McGuffey Readers

Perkins Jr Clarence W

Published April 7th 2014
ISBN : 9783639710489
Paperback
152 pages
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This work is an analysis of the development and changes in how the editors of The McGuffey Readers from its first publication in 1836 to the revisions in 1901 sought to shape the behavior, beliefs, and attitudes of its young readers. There are twoMoreThis work is an analysis of the development and changes in how the editors of The McGuffey Readers from its first publication in 1836 to the revisions in 1901 sought to shape the behavior, beliefs, and attitudes of its young readers. There are two reasons why this is a unique opportunity to examine moral education in the United States in the Nineteenth Century. By continuing to use McGuffeys name, the publishers were attempting to translate the popularity of McGuffeys original vision of Americans moral culture to each succeeding generation. Though they restricted themselves to McGuffeys general approach, they also needed to adapt his vision to developments in education, morality, and views of child nurture in order to sell schoolbooks to contemporary textbook adopters. These dual dynamics provide a window into the ways in which educators and textbook publishers were attempting to shape readers attitudes, beliefs, and behavior throughout the century.