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Modern Americans

A Biographical School Reader for the Upper Grades

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Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 50,527 / 145 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.9
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Downloads: 327
Added to site: 2009.10.20
mnybks.net#: 25597
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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o has had to force his way to success through all sorts of obstacles.

This great inventor first saw the light of day in the humble home of a poor laboring man who lived in Milan, a small canal town in the state of Ohio. In 1854 when Thomas A. Edison, for that is his name, was seven years of age, his parents moved to Port Huron, Michigan, where most of his boyhood days were spent.

As we should naturally expect, Thomas was sent to school, but his teachers did not understand him and his progress was very poor. Finally his mother took him out of school and taught him herself. This she was able to do, for, before she married, she was a successful school teacher in Canada.

Later in life, in speaking of his mother, he said: "I was always a careless boy, and with a mother of different mental caliber I should have probably turned out badly. But her firmness, her sweetness, her goodness, were potent powers to keep me in the right path. I remember I never used to be able to get along at school. I do

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