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Excerpt from Correlation of Vocational and Liberal Education Through English
Up to about 1876, then, there was scarcely to be found, in the United States, any definite, well-organized system of secondary instruction in the mother - tongue. We were virtually in the same condition that England now is, and at least fifty years behind Germany. The Americans have always been a reading people, and there was a growing interest among scholars and laymen in the English language and in English literature. But only here and there had this penetrated into the secondary school system. (7) It was not long after the beginning Of the nineteenth century, however, before the elements which make up our curriculum in English came into existence. Declamation and oratory, best typified in lectures given at Harvard College in 1806 - 1808; instruction in Rhetoric and Composition as given in several American Colleges during the middle of the century; and English Literature as given in a meager way about 1875 were introduced and then developed with great rapidity. But what do we mean by literature? One literary critic with considerable insight has said.
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