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This Day (Go West, Young Hayseed Edition)

November 26th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · 2 Comments

On this day in 1861, refugee delegates from Virginia’s secession convention assembled (for something like the third time since June) in Wheeling, this time to draft a constitution for what they now called West Virginia. As part of the proceedings, they adopted a policy of “negro exclusion,” which banned all black people—slaves and freedmen alike—from residing […]

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The Devil Went Down to Monticello

October 10th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

  The above video—produced by the web textbook company Soomo Publishing—features a weirdly homoerotic take on George III and a kind of Charlie Daniels Band–meets–Green Day take on Thomas Jefferson. It’s not at all clear who is trying to apologize to whom or why it’s too late, but Ben Franklin plays a mean lead guitar, […]

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Triumph

September 6th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From A Popular History of the United States by William Cullen Bryant and Sydney Howard Gray, vol. 1 (1888) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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In the Beginning

July 26th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From A School History of the United States by William H. Mace; illustrated by Homer W. Colby, H. W. Dietzler, and Denman Fink (1904). This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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This Day (Our “Bright” Future Edition)

July 10th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1902, Virginia’s new constitution became law, disenfranchising thousands of poor whites and nearly eliminating the state’s African American electorate. It replaced Virginia’s 1869 Reconstruction-era constitution, which had a universal male suffrage clause. “The right of suffrage is not a natural right,” the convention’s president, John Goode, explained. “It is a social […]

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Nice Ring!

June 27th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From Old Virginia and Her Neighbours by John Fiske (1902) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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U.S. Map #4

June 7th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From A Brief History of the United States by Joel Dorman Steele and Esther Baker Steele (1885) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books. After the jump, the provenance of this particular edition.

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Virginia Maps #3 and #4

June 6th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From Virginia: A History of the People by John Esten Cooke (1911); and Virginia: A History of the People by John Esten Cooke (1888) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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Project Runway

June 5th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From A History of the United States and Its People for the Use of Schools by Edward Eggleston (1888) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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Hail, Columbia

June 1st, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From A Child’s history of the United States by John Gilmary Shea (1872) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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King Charles the Blurry

May 30th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From Makers of Virginia History by J. A. C. Chandler (1904) More on Chandler here. This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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Quote of the Day

May 21st, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From  A Young People’s History of Virginia and Virginians for Use in Schools and in the Homes of Virginians by Dabney Herndon Maury (1896): I have not found occasion to tell the history of any other State or people save Virginia and her sons. Her glories are all her own. She has no shame. IMAGE:  Flag of the […]

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Compliments of the Author (Signed Books 1)

May 18th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On Google Books, I discovered the above pages to be inscribed the books’ authors. Click for larger images. United States History for Young Americans by Matthew Page Andrews (1916) To Gamaliel Bradford of the company of New England’s Elect with the best wishes of the author January 23, 1917 Apparently there were seven Gamaliel Bradfords […]

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U.S. Map #3

May 16th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From School History of the United States by Albert Bushnell Hart (1918) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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Not Necessarily the Truth of Things

May 14th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From “Rewriting American History,” an article by Frances FitzGerald published in the New Yorker on February 26, 1979: History textbooks for elementary and secondary schools are not like other kinds of histories. They serve a different function, and they have their own traditions, which continue independent of academic history writing. In the first place, they […]

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U.S. Map #2

May 10th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From Sadlier’s Excelsior Studies in the History of the United States for Schools by William H. Sadlier (1879) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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Pocahontas Saves John Smith; or, a Journey in Art History that Includes Some Big Words, Anime, and a Few Odd Sports References

May 9th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · 2 Comments

Dear Art History Dissertation Committee, What if I wrote a whole entire book blog post on the way that nineteenth and early twentieth century American and Virginia history textbooks used art to enhance their narratives? The first step, I suppose, would be to find a load of such textbooks and troll for pictures. (Thank you, Google […]

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World Map #1

May 7th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

This world map stretches across two pages and shows the routes of various European explorers. From The Eclectic History of the United States by Mary Elsie Thalheimer (1881) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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‘Adventure Brings Reward’

May 3rd, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Not that you didn’t already know this, but here’s a snippet from Sir Walter Raleigh: In Life & Legend by Mark Nicholls and Penry Williams: The well-worn tale of how Ralegh once spread his cloak over a ‘plashy place,’ traditionally at Greenwich, so allowing the Queen to walk across, rests only on gossip recorded by […]

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Quote of the Day

May 2nd, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From yesterday morning’s Washington Post: As classrooms become better equipped with interactive white boards and other gadgets, more teachers are looking for digital content and adopting an assumption that prevails in much of the World Wide Web: That content should be free. “Now that expectation has entered the American classroom,” said Jay Diskey, executive director […]

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Virginia Map #2

May 2nd, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From The Cradle of the Republic: Jamestown and the James River by Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1900) The other day we posted Virginia Map #1, from a textbook by J. A. C. Chandler. This book’s author, Mr. Tyler, was Mr. Chandler’s predecessor as president of the College of William and Mary, and he was the founder of […]

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Virginia Map #1

April 30th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

The map covers two pages and the key indicates that it was published during a time when Winchester was more populated than Charlottesville. From Makers of Virginia History by J. A. C. Chandler (1904) Julian Alvin Carroll Chandler (1872–1934), aside from being the prolific writer of textbooks, was superintendent of schools in the city of […]

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Almost 6,000 Years Ago …

April 27th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

I’ve been looking through a lot of old textbooks lately, and I found the design of these pages to be just lovely. To be sure, the author is more interested in the “Rock of Ages” than the age of rocks, but then, it’s 1853. The Scopes trial was still a ways away. From A Pictorial […]

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U.S. Map #1

April 26th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

The map covers two pages and indicates the locations of Indian language groups. From A History of the United States for Schools by S. E. Forman (1920) This is one in a series of posts that pays homage to The Art of Google Books.

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RIP: Facts

April 20th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

According to the Chicago Tribune, Facts—born in 360 BC to the ancient Greeks and raised, over the millennia, by various schools of epistemology—is dead at the age of 2,372. It was the victim of the twenty-four-hour news cycle, blogs, and the Internet. It was only recently, in the age of scientific advances and the H-bomb, that […]

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