Campus Units

Education, School of

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2012

Journal or Book Title

Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education

DOI

10.4135/9781452218533.n518

Abstract

The New-England Primer was one of the first textbooks used in U.S. public schools. It cost two to four pence and was commonly found in colonial households. The first U.S. edition was most likely printed by Benjamin Harris of Boston before 1687, and it was reprinted consistently for the next 150 years. Although its authorship is unknown and its contents occasionally changed across editions, The New-England Primer always contained core elements used to teach literacy and Christian morals, explicitly embedding Protestant Christianity in the curriculum. The earliest existing version in print is the 1727 edition; others have been lost to time.

Comments

This chapter is from Marshall, J. M. (2012). New England primer. In J. A. Banks (Ed.), Encyclopedia of diversity in education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. doi: 10.4135/9781452218533.n518. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Sage Publications, Inc.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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