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A Window on the World: Views of 19th Century Life in American Schoolbooks, 1823-1852

Olney's Modern Geography, 1828. Image courtesy of Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library.

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Here the demonic image of "Ignorance" flees before the angelic "Light of Knowledge", while in a quote below a national political leader assures that education will keep the country safe.