From Abraham's Seed blog, First Public School Book in America, the New England Primer, 1690. "The purpose of the book was to help young children learn to read so they could learn the Bible and be good Christians and citizens."
View the great pics of pages from this old book on Andrew's blog at the link above. Also, view the dear rhymes the children were taught from earliest ages to learn the alphabet, e.g. for "A", "in Adam's fall, we sinned all." Or for "B", "Heaven to find, the Bible mind."
A new edition of The New-England Primer may be purchased from Vision Forum.
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