Nicole Clark


Dependable, Primary, Intermediate, American history, English language, lexicography, biography, Revolutionary period

Document Type

Book Review


Noah Webster has a way with words - big words. He spends his childhood “playing roguish tricks” and hopes never to be sent to war because he is “ill able to bear the fatigues of a soldier.” As a young adult during the United States’ Revolutionary period, Webster feels strongly that the new country needs its own lexicon to reflect new American ideals and ways of living. He works tirelessly to collect and compile words and their histories from a myriad of sources, and after twenty years of work,An American Dictionary of the English Language is finally complete.