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THE ‘FOUNDER’ OF PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES:   HORACE MANN

“IT’S IDEAS ARE PROFOUND;  IT’S STYLE IS BAD”

MANN, HORACE. (1796-1859) American educator. Autograph letter signed “Horace Mann” on illustrated Antioch College letterhead. One page, octavo. Yellow Springs, [Ohio] Oct. 3rd, 1854. Folded, 2 fox marks, small hole at center crease, else Very Good.  To C. B. Campbell, remarking on “The Theory of Human Progression,” a treatise by Patrick Edward Dove on political economy and land reform that was published anonymously in 1850, Mann writes:  “’The Theory of Human Progress’ is anonymous, I do not know that its author name has ever been conjectured. It was republished in this country by B. B. Mussey & Co., Boston. Its ideas are profound; its style is bad. It is worth reading for its substance, notwithstanding its form. Yours very truly, Horace Mann.”

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