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McGuffey Readers Isabelle Siddik History 147: US History 2 Dr. Tim Heinrichs August 10, 2010
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I am going to answer question number 1: “According to Elliott Gorn, the McGuffey readers provide a "homogenized" and "lily white" picture of America (p. 17). What kind of America was that? Describe its moral assumptions as well as its social and racial composition. Given the diversity that existed in America even then, what were the strengths and weaknesses of such an approach.” by using “The McGuffey Readers, Selections from the 1879 Edition by Elliott J. Gorn”. I am going to start with a brief introduction on what the McGuffey Reader is; why it is widely used in American schools and how the book is written and how it views America as “homogenized and lily white”. After that, I am going to write about what “homogenized and lily white” picture of America means, and how the reader was able to come up with these words to describe it. Then, I will elaborate on why the reader portrays America as such. Then, I will explain about the “real” America, a country with diversity and flaws. Finally, I am going to finish off with the strengths and weaknesses of the McGuffey approach. “The McGuffey Eclectic Readers taught millions of American children how to read and write during the nineteenth century” (McGuffey, pg. 1). It is widely used in American schools to educate the young ones “a shared cultural outlook, a common set of values, beliefs, and assumptions… lingered long into adulthood” (McGuffey, pg. 1). In doing that, the reader uses
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This note was uploaded on 08/10/2010 for the course HIST 146 taught by Professor Doan during the Spring '10 term at Bellevue College.

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Hist147 - McGuffey Readers Isabelle Siddik History 147: US...

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