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A Rare Civics Lesson

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John Latrobe (1803-91)
The Juvenile National Calendar . . . .
Baltimore: F. Lucas, Jr.;
Philadelphia: Ash & Mason, [ca. 1825]
Rare Book & Special Collections Division

One of only five known copies of this rare American children's book, published in Baltimore around 1825, the Calendar describes the duties and pay of various government officials including the president, vice president, cabinet members, and Congress. In verse that celebrates learning, virtue, and patriotic spirit, the "rising generation" is offered hope that "you, if you're good, may be President yet." The text and twelve hand-colored engravings are the work of a Baltimore lawyer who, in his youth, wrote and drew for the publisher Fielding Lucas in exchange for law books.

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