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Annotation: Coinciding with the rise of the middle class in American society, Easy Lessons for the Little One is characteristic of the type of “conduct literature” popularized in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Aside from offering simple instruction in manners and morals, “conduct literature” also attempted to use Christian doctrine to address social issues. Founded May 11, 1825 in New York City, The American Tract Society published evangelical Christian literature in the form of small pamphlets. Strong supporters of the American temperance movement, the ATS distributed millions of tracts in the U.S. during the twentieth century; and continue to publish tracts from their home office in Garland, Texas today.