We recently came across an interesting bit of history that demonstrates the general attitude to left-handedness in the America of the 1850's. It is a story called “Left-Handed Billy” that appeared in a popular children's magazine of the time called “Robert Merry's Museum”.
Here are a few extracts that give you the idea of how it ran…
- Bill was naturally left-handed…. his mother used great care to break him of this fault, but still careless Bill kept on using his left hand instead of his right.
- He adopted the habit of being left-handed and he never got over it. This made him appear very awkward, and was a great trouble to him as long as he lived. Nor was this the only evil that flowed from his heedlessness…
- He became what is called an unlucky fellow. The people used to say, if there was a wrong side, Bill was sure to take it. Such were the evils of growing up in habits of carelessness.
And poor Billy goes on to a predictably bad end!
Well, there you go! If you want to read the full article, follow the link below: