The Forgotten Founding Father

Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

by Joshua Kendall

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Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but although there is much more to his story than that singular achievement, his rightful place in American history has been forgotten over time. Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, among others. He started New York City's first daily newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton's New York Post. His "blue-backed speller" for schoolchildren, his first literary effort, sold millions of copies and influenced early copyright law. He helped found Amherst College and served as a state representative for both Connecticut and Massachusetts. But perhaps most important, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified—and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that.

In The Forgotten Founding Father, Joshua Kendall, gives us a look into the life of Webster. The result is a treat for word lovers and history buffs alike.
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Publisher: Books on Tape
Edition: Unabridged

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  • ISBN: 9780307912923
  • File size: 367417 KB
  • Release date: April 19, 2011
  • Duration: 12:45:15

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  • ISBN: 9780307912923
  • File size: 367417 KB
  • Release date: April 19, 2011
  • Duration: 12:45:15
  • Number of parts: 10


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Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but although there is much more to his story than that singular achievement, his rightful place in American history has been forgotten over time. Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, among others. He started New York City's first daily newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton's New York Post. His "blue-backed speller" for schoolchildren, his first literary effort, sold millions of copies and influenced early copyright law. He helped found Amherst College and served as a state representative for both Connecticut and Massachusetts. But perhaps most important, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified—and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that.

In The Forgotten Founding Father, Joshua Kendall, gives us a look into the life of Webster. The result is a treat for word lovers and history buffs alike.
From the Compact Disc edition.

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