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The First U.S. History Textbooks: Constructing and Disseminating the American Tale in the Nineteenth Century by Barry Joyce (review)

The First U.S. History Textbooks: Constructing and Disseminating the American Tale in the... REVIEWS This criticism aside, the book is an important addition to the literatures on education and national improvement in the early republic. Thomas challenges scholars not only to think deeply about civic education's historically uncertain place in American constitutionalism, but also the implications of that history for the present moment. Ma rk Bo ons hof t is a post-doctoral research fellow at the New York Public Library, where he works on the Early American Manuscripts Project. His current book manuscript examines the politics of education in early America. The First U.S. History Textbooks: Constructing and Disseminating the American Tale in the Nineteenth Century. By Barry Joyce. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015. Pp. vii, 335. Cloth, $100. E-book, $99.99.) Reviewed by Johann N. Neem Barry Joyce has written a remarkable, timely, necessary, and fun book about early U.S. history textbooks. He has taken what might have been a boring slog through outdated texts and brought them to life. Packed full of evidence and insight, Joyce's narrative helps us see how the American creation story came into being. He does for the American narrative what Jeffrey Pasley in The Tyranny of Printers: Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic (Charlottesville, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

The First U.S. History Textbooks: Constructing and Disseminating the American Tale in the Nineteenth Century by Barry Joyce (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 37 (2) – May 24, 2017

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REVIEWS This criticism aside, the book is an important addition to the literatures on education and national improvement in the early republic. Thomas challenges scholars not only to think deeply about civic education's historically uncertain place in American constitutionalism, but also the implications of that history for the present moment. Ma rk Bo ons hof t is a post-doctoral research fellow at the New York Public Library, where he works on the Early American Manuscripts Project. His current book manuscript examines the politics of education in early America. The First U.S. History Textbooks: Constructing and Disseminating the American Tale in the Nineteenth Century. By Barry Joyce. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015. Pp. vii, 335. Cloth, $100. E-book, $99.99.) Reviewed by Johann N. Neem Barry Joyce has written a remarkable, timely, necessary, and fun book about early U.S. history textbooks. He has taken what might have been a boring slog through outdated texts and brought them to life. Packed full of evidence and insight, Joyce's narrative helps us see how the American creation story came into being. He does for the American narrative what Jeffrey Pasley in The Tyranny of Printers: Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic (Charlottesville,

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: May 24, 2017

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