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Title The education of humanity [manuscript]: as seen in its most ancient civilizations / written on the prairies of Illinois in 1840 by J.W.J.
Author J., J. W.
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Autograph poem, written in 1840 by J.W.J., on the development of human civilization, from Biblical times to the settlement of the New World by tribes moving across the Behring Strait. One section of the poem describes the early inhabitants of the prairies--the Pawnee, Dakota, and Comanche--hunting buffalo. In his stately, lofty style, the poet emphasizes the importance of education for achieving peace and progress; as he puts it, "Schoolmasters save the need of constables." The poem is marked, in the same hand, with additions, substitutions, and corrections.
Names Heartman, Charles F.
Places Illinois, Mississippi River, Rocky Mountains, United States
Keywords poetry, literature, culture, history, prairie, hunting, buffalo, education, peace, frontier, pioneer
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information LAID IN: Printed letterhead of Mississippi book dealer Charles F. Heartman, from whom the ms. was acquired by the Newberry Library; and undated ms. notes on the poem, signed "SP" (Stanley Pargelis?).
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 2199
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue