29 Aug Noah Webster’s “Blue-Backed Speller” As the Revolutionary War was ending in , a former soldier in that conflict named Noah Webster. The great American educator Noah Webster first published A Grammatical Institute of the English Language, otherwise known as the Blue Back Speller, in WEBSTER’S BLUE-BACKED SPELLERWEBSTER’S BLUE-BACKED SPELLER is the popular name, derived from the blue paper covers, of Noah Webster’s.

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Blue-Back Speller

United States of America. The Original Blue Back Speller 4. His father had mortgaged the farm to send Webster to Yale, but he was now on his own and had nothing more to do with his family.

Your opinion Show comments Loading comments Views Read Edit View history. I was nervous and afraid they’d boil for an eternity and afterward there’d be nothing noah webster blue back speller drain, not a spoonful left. Young Americans should also learn to use a standard and pure language, Webster said.

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He proposed “immediately to open a school In a New Haven paper observed:. As he grew older, Webster’s attitudes changed from those of an optimistic revolutionary in the s to those of a pessimistic critic of man and society by the s. Product details Unknown Binding: Bloodlines April 2, noah webster blue back speller This section needs additional citations for verification. He found nlah financial success by opening a private school and writing a series of educational websteg, including the “Blue-Backed Speller.

This more or less authentic rendering of lateth-earlyth-century New England speech—often carried into Western New York—is based on “vulgarisms” listed in Caleb Bingham’s spelling book of the period.


The American Spelling Book, by Noah Webster (?)

He is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the nation. But wfbster the all-prevailing presence of this book throughout our wide extended country, nothing could have saved us from as great a diversity of dialects as there is in England October 16, — May 28,was a lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English-language noah webster blue back speller reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. He believed that the people-at-large must control the language and not just by a few affluent people.

Hence, spelling books, like Noah Webster’s, were also instructional books in reading and models for writing noah webster blue back speller standard American English. Webster himself saw the dictionaries as a nationalizing device to separate America from Britain, calling his project a “federal language”, with competing forces towards regularity on the one hand and innovation on the other.

As the Revolutionary War was ending ina former soldier in that conflict named Noah Webster published a book that was to have an enormous influence on American culture. After graduating from Yale, Webster wanted to study law, noah webster blue back speller his family could not afford it so he taught in several towns around Connecticut. As pointed out last month in this series, even the well educated were often inconsistent spellers, but those coming from less lettered backgrounds brought dialect pronunciations not calculated to help them arrive at standard orthography.

The Blue-Backed Speller – Forgotten Intellectual Legacy of the American Revolution – History Is Fun

And this is principally owing to the fact that nearly every one who has learned to read, has acquired his rudiments from Webster’s Spelling Book Retrieved April 13, The work consisted of a speller published ina grammar noah webster blue back speller inand a reader published in Even several years after the Hack was over, most children were learning noah webster blue back speller textbooks written by English authors sprller taught allegiance to the king.


No media source currently available. The White Sheet April 17, The book is presented here in its entirety, both in transcription and in page images. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

A few years after Noah Webster died, at the age of 86, two brothers gained the rights to the Noah webster blue back speller Dictionary. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Webster served in the Connecticut Militia. The book has never been out of print, and about million copies have been sold so far. In the introduction to his speller he wrote: The Spelling Book was by necessity published by various printers noah webster blue back speller the large cities, who contracted with Webster to produce the book.

Little did he know that this remarkable little gem would become the staple for parents and educators for more than a century and would help to build the most literate nation in history of the West.