Times in the Past When Stuff Took Place

Josephine Pollard, The History of the United States Told in One Syllable Words. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, ca. 1887. 

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Writing in one syllable words is a challenge, but in the nineteenth century it was a popular way to promote literacy for early readers.  Poet and author Josephine Pollard, who wrote hymns, articles for the periodical press, and books for children, perfected the process of distilling biographies and histories down to simple language for beginners. McLoughlin Brothers expanded into this market in the late 1880s.

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