Bad Boys Made to Rue Their Conduct

Bad Boys Made to Rue Their Conduct

The History of Good Boys and Girls.  Boston: Theodore Abbot, ca. 1840-1841. 

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This is a very rare metal-engraved picture book.  The text is a counting out rhyme portraying mostly good children, but in this case, we see two boys living the consequences of playing hooky from school.  Not only are they beaten (note that one boy has to carry the switches on his belt), but they have to wear dunce caps, reminding us of the very public nature of school room punishment.

Adopted by Steve Bolick

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