During the 19th century, the McGuffey Reader
came into use and eventually superseded the New England Primer.
Aside from the odd library folio of Shakespeare or a personal edition of a well-to-do book collector, the McGuffey Reader
is the place where nearly every nineteenth-century Iowan, including Garland, first encountered Shakespeare.
Roland McCook, the great-great grandson of Ouray and Chipeta, best expressed the young Ute student's attitude toward the boarding school textbooks, primarily the McGuffey Reader
, by saying that the books had "no real meaning" to Ute children (Witherspoon, 1993; McCook, 2006).
President and Supreme Court Justice William Howard Taft and William McGuffey, an education pioneer and creator of the famed McGuffey Reader
In the one-room wooden schoolhouse, they participate in a lesson with a slate tablet and a McGuffey Reader
The schools would have classes complete with lessons from the McGuffey Reader
which Ford recalled from his own childhood.
A facsimile edition of The McGuffey Reader
is available through the Smithsonian Institution's bookstores, where it is a best seller
Whether students read the McGuffey Reader
, Hilliard's Reader, Barnes' Reader, or the Monroe Reader, they were sure to encounter treatments of these emotions.
The most prominent textbook of the 19th century, the McGuffey Reader
, was filled with biblical tales, poems and stories laden with moral lessons.
Anyone who has ever examined a McGuffey Reader
knows that moral messages were an integral part of the series.
Grant, Charles Darwin--as well as children's classics such as the fairy tales of Perrault, Grimm, and Andersen, the original Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Uncle Remus, The Wizard of Oz, and all six volumes of the McGuffey Readers
Williams Holmes McGuffey was the author of the McGuffey Readers
that were used as school texts beginning in the 1800's.