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The Forgotten Founding Father - Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

Joshua Kendall

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America's own The Professor and the Madman: the story of Noah Webster, author of the first dictionary of American English-and a forgotten leader during a turning point in our nation's history. Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but although there is much more to his story than that singular achievement, his rightful place in American history has been forgotten over time. Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, among others. He started New York City's first daily newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton's New York Post. His "blue- backed speller" for schoolchildren, his first literary effort, sold millions of copies and influenced early copyright law. He helped found Amherst College and served as a state representative for both Connecticut and Massachusetts. But perhaps most important, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified-and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that. In The Forgotten Founding Father, Joshua Kendall, author of The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus, gives us a well-researched and absorbing look into the life of Webster, another man driven by his obsessions and compulsions to compile and organize words. The result is a treat for word lovers and history buffs alike.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

12h 45m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

00:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:31


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:20


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:20


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:39


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:35


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:43


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:17


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:50


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:17


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:35


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:18


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:30


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:52


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:49


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:08


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:09


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:56


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:11


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:36


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:48


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:16


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:15


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:36


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:03


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:31


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:22


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:03


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:19


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:13


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:12


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:13


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:19


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:17


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:55


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:05


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:17


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:10


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:31


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:06


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:20


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:03


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:42


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:06


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:21


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:29


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:03


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:51


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:16


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

00:44