The new england primer was the first reading primer designed for the american colonies it became the most successful educational textbook published in 17th century colonial united states and it became the foundation of most schooling before the 1790s. The new england primer was the first textbook ever printed in america and was used to teach reading and bible lessons in our schools until the twentieth century in fact many of the founding fathers and their children learned to read from the new england primer. The new england primer the principal textbook for millions of colonists and early americansfirst compiled and published about 1688 by benjamin harris a british journalist who emigrated to boston the primer remained in use for more than 150 years. The infants or young childs evening prayer from dr watts o lord god who knowest all things thou seest me by night as well as by day i pray thee for christs sake forgive me whatsoever i have done amiss this day and keep me all this night while i am asleep. The new england primer was the first textbook ever printed in america and was used to teach reading and bible lessons in our schools until the twentieth century advertisement story continues below scholars agree that most if not all of the founding fathers were taught to read and write using the new england primer a textbook which is
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