Pearl, therefore -- so large were the attainments of her three years' lifetime -- could have borne a fair examination in the New England Primer
, or the first column of the Westminster Catechisms, although unacquainted with the outward form of either of those celebrated works.
A school for little children had been often in her thoughts; and, at one time, she had begun a review of her early studies in the New England Primer
, with a view to prepare herself for the office of instructress.
Chapters focus in turn on Puritan New England, the New England Primer, the nineteenth-century Bible "wars," and the American Renaissance.
It is worth the effort to tease out Fessenden's provocative claims: that the Puritans' violence against religious and racial outsiders grew out of their devotion to the Christian Word; the New England Primer helped to fuse the secularization of Protestantism with its expansion; the apparent secularization of public education became an instrument for maintaining its Protestant character; the literary merger of Christianity with democracy made a particular version of Christianity seem normative.
If the point of the New England Primer
was to teach children that they were sinners and that Jesus died to save them from their sins," Prothero notes, "the point of the later McGuffey readers was to teach children that God wanted them to work hard, save their money, tell the truth, and avoid alcohol.
Perhaps the best-known and most influential seventeenth-century book containing the alphabet was the New England Primer (14), first published in 1690, though the copy described here is a reprint of the 1777 edition.
The New England Primer was a textbook used by students in New England and in other English settlements in North America in the late seventeenth century.
The Story of A: The Alphabetization of America from The New England Primer to The Scarlet Letter.
Although Grain begins with the New England Primer, first published about 1690, she quickly moves backward in time in order to compare it with its post-Reformation predecessor, Orbis Sensualism Pictus, or The Visible World, by Johann Amos Comenius (1592-1670), the first picture book for children.
29) These lines could be construed as morally instructive, but not in the way that Woolman's references to animals were, and indeed, in the revision of the New England Primer
in 1761 several of the couplets referring to animals were replaced by others deemed more appropriate for the education of children.