Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Daily Thoughts 4/19/2011 (The Forgotten Founding Father)

John Frederick Peto, Take Your Choice, 1885

Daily Thoughts 4/19/2011

I started reading The Forgotten Founding Father Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture by Joshua Kendall this morning.  Joshua Kendall places Noah Webster with Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.  Noah Webster is important for his standardization of American english.  Noah Webster wrote, An American Spelling Book Containing An Easy Standard Pronunciation Being The First Part of A Grammatical Institute of the English Language.  Webster roots his patriotism in a nationalistic view of American english.

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