An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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380 Old-time Schools and School-books
others were introduced, such as botany, geology, natural philosophyj physiology, etc. Economics was even included in the curriculum of some schools. The most individual of early text-books dealing with this topic was The Toung American by S. G. Goodrich, a simple and entertaining dissertation on "governmentand law; showing their history, nature, and necessity." It had the usual merits of " Peter Parley's" books, and without reaching any very
Taking a thief to prison.
From Goodrich's The Young American, 1842.
superior or lasting excellence was easy of compre­hension and reasonably authoritative. The interest was much increased by numerous pictures. Another book, dealing with the more profound things of life, and yet nevertheless much in vogue in the old dis­trict schools, was The Improvement of the Mind by Isaac Watts. It was a lengthy disquisition on the acquiring of knowledge and character. The book was generally spoken of as "Watts on the Mind,"
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