William Holmes McGuffey


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Noun1.William Holmes McGuffey - United States educator who compiled the McGuffey Eclectic Readers (1800-1873)
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William Holmes McGuffey, an Ohio professor and Presbyterian minister, had already begun work on his own readers when contracting with Truman and Smith to complete a primer, four readers, and a speller.
Introduction to McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader, by William Holmes McGuffey. New York: Signet, 1962.
(29) William Holmes McGuffey, "The Little Loaf," in McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader (Project Gutenberg, 2005), 172-174, http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/author?name=McGuffey%2C%20William%20Holmes%2C% 201800-1873
Although they drew their name from Reverend William Holmes McGuffey and his brother, Alexander, neither man had much input into the readers after the first edition.
William Holmes McGuffey envisioned America as a pure and pastoral place where Protestant Christianity was the only true religion and where a boy worked with his own two hands and benefitted directly from the products of hard labor.
In just over thirty pages of lucid prose, he sketches the life of William Holmes McGuffey and his readers, explores the social context in which the readers flourished, and cogently critiques their message and their pedagogy.
In the field of education, nothing was more influential than the Eclectic Readers, compiled by William Holmes McGuffey, a clergyman and teacher.