The American Spelling Book

The American Spelling Book was written by Noah Webster in 1783. It became the most popular textbook of the time period, because it broke words into syllables and sounds. Because it was bound with blue, it became known as the "Blue-backed Speller". It used fables as the foundation of the readings, which correlated with the commonplace Early American belief that instruction in school should be designed to teach morals and good behavior.

A copy of The American Spelling Book can be accessed through this link.