McGuffeys Newly Revised Eclectic Primer
Author: William Holmes McGuffey
Year Published: 1836
Description: In the 1830s, well-known moral and biblical lecturer William Holmes McGuffey was hired by Cincinnati publishing firm Truman and Smith to create a series of readers for school children. The result was McGuffey's Newly Revised Eclectic Primer. The McGuffey Readers, as they became known, were among the first textbooks in the U.S. to progressively challenge students in reading. Through their stories, they also espoused the virtues of hard work and morality and as such are widely credited for helping to shape the American character of industriousness and independence.