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The Founding Fathers, Education, and “The Great Contest”Concerning Education in Public Schools

The Founding Fathers, Education, and “The Great Contest”: Concerning Education in Public Schools [The author of “Hand” remains anonymous. The word “hand” was not used alone as a pseudonym during the period, but the New Work Magazine reprinted an article in 1795 entitled “A Petition to those who have the Superintendency of Education,” by “The Left Hand,” ascribed posthumously to Benjamin Franklin. While the original handwritten essay by Hand survives, the original image of a hand probably does not. The title on an accompanying cover sheet (figure 11.1) is in the handwriting of APS secretary Jon Williams, who presumably redrew the image of the hand himself. What the hand signified is a matter of conjecture, beyond its possible reference to the Franklin essay. It seems more than coincidence that John Archer, a student of Dr. Benjamin Rush during 1796 and early 1797, repeatedly drew a hand that he incorporated into a signature-like device while taking notes during Rush’s lectures (see figure 11.2). Unfortunately, John Archer’s handwriting does not match that of “Hand.” Nevertheless his obsession with developing a hand signature at exactly the same time that the Hand essay was submitted to the APS does suggest that, perhaps, he and/or another medical student of Rush’s may have been the author—as do the disputatious tone and unpolished writing style.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Founding Fathers, Education, and “The Great Contest”Concerning Education in Public Schools

Part of the Historical Studies in Education Book Series
Editors: Justice, Benjamin

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2013
ISBN
978-1-349-44453-3
Pages
251 –257
DOI
10.1057/9781137271020_17
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Abstract

[The author of “Hand” remains anonymous. The word “hand” was not used alone as a pseudonym during the period, but the New Work Magazine reprinted an article in 1795 entitled “A Petition to those who have the Superintendency of Education,” by “The Left Hand,” ascribed posthumously to Benjamin Franklin. While the original handwritten essay by Hand survives, the original image of a hand probably does not. The title on an accompanying cover sheet (figure 11.1) is in the handwriting of APS secretary Jon Williams, who presumably redrew the image of the hand himself. What the hand signified is a matter of conjecture, beyond its possible reference to the Franklin essay. It seems more than coincidence that John Archer, a student of Dr. Benjamin Rush during 1796 and early 1797, repeatedly drew a hand that he incorporated into a signature-like device while taking notes during Rush’s lectures (see figure 11.2). Unfortunately, John Archer’s handwriting does not match that of “Hand.” Nevertheless his obsession with developing a hand signature at exactly the same time that the Hand essay was submitted to the APS does suggest that, perhaps, he and/or another medical student of Rush’s may have been the author—as do the disputatious tone and unpolished writing style.]

Published: Nov 14, 2015

Keywords: Medical Student; Public School; Liberal Education; Medical Library; Finished Education

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