Noah Webster

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“Education is useless without the Bible” –Noah Webster

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.” -History of United States by Noah Webster.

“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed…No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” -Wrote in the preface to The American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828

Assignment:

  1. What was Noah Webster?  Background – birth / death, family, education
  2. What was his American Dream?  (What was he bothered by with Great Britain in regards to children and learning?)
  3. How long did he write his dictionary?
  4. How many words were in his original dictionary?
  5. What impact did his life make on the shaping of America and Christian values?
  6. Why was it important to have a dictionary in early America?  What was happening with the English language?
  7. How old is America?  How long has his book been shaping its culture?
  8. Summarize the above passages and quote.

***Submit, please, for grading.  🙂

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