Tuesday, May 3, 6 PM at New York Public Library's South Court Auditorium. Open to the public.
Joshua Kendall, author of 'The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture,' presents a new look at Noah Webster's role in defining American culture.
Noah Webster was more than just Americaís greatest lexicographer. He was also a Founding Father who helped define American culture. In 1783, he published the first edition of his legendary spelling book, which would teach five generations of Americans how to read. A leading Federalist, who was a confidant of both George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, Webster was in Philadelphia during the Consitutional Convention where he wrote a highly influential essay on behalf of the nationís founding document. During the greater part of the 1790s, he edited American Minerva, New York Cityís first daily newspaper.
Manuscripts and Archives Division
New York Public Library
New York, NY 10018-2788
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