Old Time Schools and School Books

Old Time Schools and School Books


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Old Time Schools and School Books by Clifton Johnson

Primers and other early American schoolbooks were often lost due to years of use, neglect and eventually becoming outdated. Thankfully, Clifton Johnson, in Old Time Schools and School-Books, is able to draw from his vast collection of school books in order to offer readers a taste of the insides of these books, from the printed content to graffiti scribbled in the margins. Additionally, Johnson presents lively scenes of how schoolhouses operated in order to present a larger picture of the development of education, particularly as it unfolded in Massachusetts. Although nearly a century old, the book offers a thoughtful and engaging look at the early roots of education in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935907480
Publisher: Westphalia Press
Publication date: 06/26/2014
Pages: 446
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, with occasional stints in New York City, Johnson taught in a schoolhouse himself, wrote, illustrated, photographed, traveled, ran a bookstore and was involved in politics. His writings were centered largely on travel and the countryside, with his first book being The New England Country, published in 1892. Clifton Johnson's extensive collection of school-books, as well as ephemera from his own life, are housed at the Jones Library in Amherst, MA.

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