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The Forgotten Founding Father

Noah Webster: Author of American culture

Noah Webster may have been the country’s first nationalist. He helped to define American culture with many accomplishments often overshadowed by the creation of his dictionary.

See also: The real founding fathers. Listen

In 1783, he published the first edition of his legendary spelling primer. Webster was so confident in the strength of a young nation he was present during the Constitutional Convention. He also wrote a highly influential essay in favor of our nation’s defining document while producing his controversial newspaper.

In his new book, The Forgotten Founding Father Joshua Kendall makes a convincing case that Webster, was more than just America’s greatest lexicographer, he spawned American nationalism even before the nation came into existence and was a key, yet forgotten, creator of American culture.

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