William Holmes McGuffey and His Readers

William Holmes McGuffey and His Readers

William Holmes McGuffey and His Readers

William Holmes McGuffey and His Readers

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So great have been the services of the McGuffey Readers that it seems most fitting that full authentic information concerning their author and the books should be made available to the millions of American citizens who had through these readers their first introduction to the world's best literature and to a dependable moral and ethical code.

That the impact of these books was wide and deep in the lives of the people who read them as children and youths and in those who lived in the milieu of the social processes which these books set into operation, is fully attested by the organization of many societies and clubs, by the appearance of numerous magazine articles, historical references, and by the establishment of McGuffey museums.

Henry Ford commemorated his introduction to the great world of morals and literature in the McGuffey Readers by reprinting the six readers of 1857. He generously distributed sets of these reprints to the McGuffey lovers throughout the United States. Collections of the McGuffey Readers are sought for by libraries and museums. Very complete sets of these books from the earliest editions may be found in the McGuffey Museum at Miami University, in the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in the Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, and in a few private collections.

The author has attempted in this book to exhibit the social status of the times and the character of the population . . .

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