Noah Webster known to most Americans as the man who wrote the first American dictionary worked as a school teacher in the last years of the eighteenth century. He realized that there were many problems with the way language and grammar were taught in American schools and he determined to do something about it. He came to this conclusion at a time when Americans were desperately trying to create and maintain its separate identity from its mother country of England.
Noah Webster decided that our individuality from England needed to be reflected in the educational materials that were used in American schools, and he set out to develop his first book called A Grammatical Institute of the English Language, which was later published as the American Spelling Book, which gave a standard for American spelling and grammar. He stated in this speller that his purpose for developing the book was ?To diffuse a uniformity and purity of language in America, to destroy the provincial differences that originate in the trifling differences of dialect and produce reciprocal ridicule, to promote the interests of literature and the harmony of the United States
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