First introduced into American education in 1690 by Benjamin Harris, The New England Primer was “…the beginning textbook for students; until 1900 it continued to be a principal text in all types of American schools: public, private, semiprivate, home, dame, parochial, etc.” Heavy in Biblical quotes and references, this peak into history shows us the nature and emphasis of early American education. Valuable as an historical and moral text, this small primer is definitely worth owning!
Principle: “To get our goods honestly, to keep them safely, and spend them thriftily.”
Themes: God; goodness; obedience; education; reading; sin
Read with: The Education of James Madison; The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Mayflower Compact; “City Upon A Hill”- Winthrop
Comedy routine: “Now I lay me down to sleep”