The New England Primer

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This is the New England Primer, the first American text used to teach school children to read.  It was in print from 1681 to 1830 and was, for millions of children in the New World, their first experience with formal education. In addition to the alphabet, it reinforced Puritan and Calvinist beliefs that life was […]

A Conversation with John Paul Keith

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John Paul Keith discusses his new solo album, his collaboration with Amy LaVere, and what it means to be a musician in Memphis. John Paul Keith returned to Memphis in 2007, after spending years living in Nashville and Birmingham, Alabama. Since then, he’s released two stellar rock and roll albums–2008’s Spills and Thrills and 2011’s […]