Great Lakes Region Cultural History: Education, the Arts …

The works below are about cultural history topics such as education, literature, fine arts and theater in the historic Great Lakes region. See the right column for more info about this website.

The Columbian Orator: Containing a Variety of Original and Selected Pieces …

Boston: Frost 1832
Bingham, Caleb, ed. Go to Book

(title continued) “… Together with Rules; Calculated to Improve Youth and Others in the Ornamental and Useful Art of Eloquence”

“First appearing in 1797, The Columbian Orator, a collection of political essays, poems, and dialogues, was widely used in American schoolrooms in the first quarter of the 19th century to teach reading and speaking. Many of the speeches included in the anthology celebrated “republican” virtues and promoted patriotism, and this was typical of many readers of that period. The Columbian Orator is an example of progymnasmata, containing examples for students to copy and imitate.”
– Wikipedia entry for ‘Columbian Orator

For more works on girls’ and women’s education, see: Education of Females in the 19th Century
and, Section 376 Education of women in Government, Education, Commerce, Customs…

history of education, textbooks, oratory, American history, teaching of reading, nineteenth century schools, free ebooks

The American Drawing-Book: Manual for the Amateur, and Basis of Study for the Professional Artist…

NY: Redfield 1847
Chapman, John GadsbyGo to Book

(title continued) “… especially adapted to the use of public and private schools, as well as home instruction”

One source indicates this was the first American instructional manual for art.

history of education, textbooks, drawing, teaching art, artist training, nineteenth century schools, free online books

“The Literary Spirit Among the Early Ohio Valley Settlers”

Mississippi Valley Historical Review Vol V, 1918-19, 143-57

Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Mississippi Valley Historical Association
Esarey, LoganGo to Article

The author delves into popular tastes in writing and oration on the frontier at the beginning of the 19th century, with many extended quotations to illustrate his points.

The Miami Years 1809-1959

NY: Putnam 1959
Havighurst, WalterGo to Book

History of Miami University, Ohio

A Complete Practical Guide To The Art Of Dancing, containing descriptions of all fashionable and approved dances…

NY: Dick & Fitzgerald 1863
Hillgrove, ThomasGo to Book

(title continued) “… full directions for calling the figures, the amount of music required, hints of etiquette, the toilet, etc. Illustrated.”

history of education, dance, fine arts, U.S. history, manuals, guides, ebooks free

Great Lakes Region Cultural History

“Historical Values in the Mid-Century Literature of the Middle West”

Transactions of the Illinois State Historical Library 1929 117-125

Springfield: Board of Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library
Hirsch, Arthur H.Go to Article

history of literature, mid-western U.S., ebooks free

History and Management of Land Grants for Education in the Northwest Territory (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin): Papers for the American Historical Association

NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons 1885
Knight, George W. Go to Book

The Ordinance of 1785, establishing the groundwork for surveying and sale of public lands in the Northwest territory, contained a clause for schools that stated, “there shall be reserved from sale the lot No. 16 of every township for the maintenance of public schools within the said township.” As townships would ideally consist of 36 sections of one square mile each, this would result in 1/36th of public land being set aside to support schools. Subsequent laws after the adoption of the Constitution confirmed this arrangement and expanded upon it, with Indiana, Illinois and Michigan setting aside an additional section in each township for support of a “seminary of learning”.

Part 1 of this book covers the federal legislation for endowing public land to support educational institutions in the Northwest Territory, as well as State legislation on the same matter for each of the five States created there. The focus of Part 2 is on the implementation of the legislation and management of the land grants, with each state covered separately. At the end of the book the author concludes with an evaluation of the extent to which each state managed this endowment effectively to maximize support of its schools.

land-grant schools, education history, education laws, American history books, Northwest Territory, public education, ebook free

Dramatic Life as I Found it: a Record of Personal Experience…

St. Louis: G. I. Jones 1880
Ludlow, N. M. Go to Book

(title continued) “… with an account of the rise and progress of the drama in the West and South, with anecdotes and biographical sketches of the principal actors and actresses who have at times appeared upon the stage in the Mississippi Valley”

For more about 19th century theatre and entertainment, see:
– Cody, Mrs. Louisa (Frederici) and Cooper, C. R., Memories of Buffalo Bill in Century Past Biographies: C
– Ringling, Alfred, Life Story of the Ringling Brothers in Biographies & Memoirs in Wisconsin History;
Kellogg, Clara, Memoirs of an American Prima Donna in Century Past Biographies: I, J, K & L;
Daly, Joseph Francis, Life of Augustin Daly in Century Past Biographies: D, E & F;
Barnum, P. T., Struggles and Triumphs: or, Forty years’ Recollections of P.T. Barnum in Century Past Biographies: A & B;
Sherman, Robert L, The Chicago Stage; its Records and Achievements in Illinois Cultural History;
Strang, Lewis C., Famous Actresses of the Day in America in Century Past Collective Biography Q – Z;
Carson, William G. , The Theatre on the Frontier; the Early Years of the St. Louis Stage in Illinois Cultural History

theater, theater history, actors, anecdotes, books online free

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McGuffey’s Newly Revised Eclectic Second Reader: containing Progressive Lessons in Reading and Spelling. Revised and Improved

Cincinnati: Winthrop & Smith 1848
McGuffey, William H., LL. D.Go to Book

McGuffey Readers were a series of graded primers, including grade levels 1-6, widely used as textbooks in American schools from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century, and are still used today in some private schools and in homeschooling. It is estimated that at least 120 million copies of McGuffey’s Readers were sold between 1836 and 1960, placing its sales in a category with the Bible and Webster’s Dictionary.”
– Wikipedia entry for ‘McGuffey Readers’

history of education, teaching of reading, textooks, teaching of spelling, McGuffey Readers, ebooks free

“Cultural Mediation, Cultural Exchange, and the Invention of the Ohio Frontier”

Ohio History Vol. 105, Winter-Spring 1996, 72-91

Columbus: Ohio Historical Society
Nelson, Larry L.Go to Article

The author discusses how Indian tribes and Americans in Ohio country in the 1770s to 1790s gradually adopted many of the cultural characteristics of the other. Some examples of Indians adopting new practices from British or Americans were: log homes built in the European style, large farms with dairy cattle, whole villages switching from barter to cash economies (using the British pound), wearing of American or British clothes, and using English names.

He also discusses the role that ‘cultural mediators’ played in assisting the two cultures to communicate and interact, and of furthering the ‘cultural exchange’ above. These people were always bi-lingual, sometimes of mixed race, who followed occupations such as traders that involved regular interaction with both Indians and whites.

frontier culture, Native American culture, American history, free ebooks

The Payson, Dunton, & Scribner Manual of Penmanship

NY: Potter, Ainsworth 1873
Payson, J. W. Go to Book

history of education, instruction, textbooks, writing, online books

Great Lakes Region Cultural History

The Rhetorical Reader, consisting of instructions for regulating the voice, with a rhetorical notation…

NY: Newman 1848
Porter, Ebenezer Go to Book

(title continued) “…illustrating inflection, emphasis and modulation; and a course of rhetorical exercises. Designed for the use of academies and high-schools”

Reading textbooks in the 19th century emphasized oral reading, or “elocution”, especially at the advanced levels. This was a widely-used reader at the advanced level in mid-19th century America.

history of education, instruction, textbooks, oration, rhetoric, online books

Ray’s Arithmetic, Second Book. Intellectual Arithmetic, by Induction and Analysis

Cincinnati: Wilson, Hinkle 1860
Ray, Joseph, M.D.Go to Book

A widely-used Arithmetic textbook in the mid-19th century.

history of education, instruction, textbooks, arithmetic, math, free online books

The Trumpet of Reform. A Collection of Songs, Hymns, Chants and Set Pieces for the Grange, the Club and all Industrial & Reform Organizations

Cincinnati: Church 1874
Root, George F.Go to Book

music history, choral, American history, folk songs, free books

Great Lakes Region Cultural History

Book-keeping by Single and Double Entry: Simplified and Arranged…

Baltimore: Shea 1845
Shea, John H.Go to Book

(title continued) “… According to the Present Practice of Well Regulated Counting Houses in the United States”

history of education, instruction, textbooks, book-keeping, accounting, online library

A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways

Chicago: 1908
Stennett, William H. Go to Book

The Educational Significance of the early Federal Land Ordinances

NY: Columbia University 1922
Taylor, Howard CromwellGo to Book

PhD dissertation in the Philosophy department of Columbia U.

The Ohio Valley Press Before the War of 1812-15

Worcester, Mass: Davis Press, 1909
Thwaites, Reuben G.Go to Book

This is a paper of about 50 pages describing some of the early newspapers, with an appendix that contains a detailed list of all the newspapers in the Ohio Valley during the time-period that the author could identify, with dates of publication. The author was the Secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society and for a number of years, a newspaper editor in Madison, Wisconsin.

For online collections of historical Ohio newspapers, see: Ohio History Periodicals: Magazines, Historical Journals & Newspapers
For online collections of historical newspapers from throughout the U.S., see: Section 071.1 United States in Newspapers: Free Online Collections

press, press history, newspapers, U.S. history, ebooks free

Beginnings of Literary Culture in the Ohio Valley; Historical and Biographical Sketches

Cincinnati: Clarke 1891
Venable, William H.Go to Book

The book takes a wide view of the subject, embracing schools and education, newspapers, literary periodicals and books, societies of various kinds, science and the professions, publishing enterprises, the pulpit and the bar, political oratory and orators, annalists, travelers and missionaries, teachers and men of letters. The numerous sketches of men and women abound in fact, incident, and anecdote.
– Literature of American History; a bibliographical guide (1902)

This book covers writers and written works in the region of the Northwest Territory and Kentucky during the era from the last quarter of the 18th century through about 1850, with an emphasis on those in Cincinnati. Chapter headings are below. See the Table of Contents for a comprehensive list of topics covered.

-Some Early Travelers and Annalists (Describes numerous works, including those by explorers, frontiersmen and soldiers in the region as early as 1750)
-The Pioneer Press and its Product – Book Making – Book Selling
-Early Periodical Literature of the Ohio Valley
-Libraries – The Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio (includes Kentucky and Ohio libraries)
-Backwoods Colleges, Schools and Teachers
-The Voice of the Preacher and the Clash of Creeds
-Political Oratory and Orators – the Lecture
-Planting of Literary Institutions at Vincennes, Indiana – Libraries, Schools and the Press
-Pioneer Poets and Story Writers
-Dr. Daniel Drake, the Franklin of Cincinnati
-Timothy Flint, Missionary, Geographer, Editor, Novelist and Poet
-Judge James Hall, Soldier, Jurist, Author, Editor
-George Dennison Prentice, Journalist, Poet and Wit
-Edward Deering Mansfield, Publicist and Author
-William Davis Gallagher, Poet, Editor and Government Official
-Amelia B. Welby
-Alice Cary

See also: Books about 19th Century American Women Authors

Literature, writers, authors, oratory, magazines, cultural history, Cincinnati, Northwest Territory, nineteenth century, online free books

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