Noah Webster, Forgotten Founding Father

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Joshua Kendall talks about the life and legacy of Noah Webster, In The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture, he reveals that there’s more to his story than the dictionary he created—he was a young confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, he started New York City's first daily newspaper, he influenced early copyright law, he helped found Amherst College, served as a representative for both Connecticut and Massachusetts, and was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture.


Joshua Kendall

Comments [2]

Neil Blonstein from New York

I was intrigued on learning that Benjamin Franklin recommended Hebrew as a national language in the USA. Leonard, could you expand on your source. (I am a fluent Hebrew-speaker.) On German's influence in the USA and abroad I've written at

May. 03 2011 03:27 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Don't worry, Leonard, we get your pun even if the guest didn't!

May. 03 2011 12:57 PM

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