New York: Published by A. S. Barnes & Co., 1847. First edition. Original printed wrappers, 7.5 x 4.63 inches, 36,  pages. Wrappers somewhat damp-stained; some light wear and soiling; a good to very good copy. Item #19217
An entry in what came to be called "the war of histories" between the pioneering female educator Willard and the rival textbook author (and critic), Willson. Willson had made a detailed critical attack 1845 against eight of the leading American history textbooks of the day and subsequently published his own; Willard was the only author to rise to the bait, asserting deliberate misreadings and plagiarism. For a recent detailed reassessment of the controversy, see Peter B. Knupfer, "How to Write a History Textbook: The Willard–Willson Debate over History Education in the Common School Era." History of Education Quarterly. 59:2 (May 2019). Ink ownership signature (and a few markings) to the front wrapper, dated June, 1847.