Hello, friends of old fashioned history, and welcome to The Old Fashioned School Book Project. As you may know, I have become somewhat obsessed with old public school readers and have amassed quite a collection — from 1814 to 1923. How many? Oh, about 4 to 5 feet I’d say. Now, I’m trying to put that collection to good use by extracting the best selections to create a series of new readers, advanced first, then fifth down through first.

As some of you may also know, I am running waaaay behind schedule, but I do have the first three readers in draft form for review.

This Intro is a free download of the draft pdf document, PIOUS TO PROGRESSIVE: A CENTURY OF AMERICAN READERS. You are welcome to download it and comment as you see fit — after all, critiques are better than crickets.