Jill Lepore on Webster's Dictionary

March 24, 2002

Historian Jill Lepore talks with Jim Fleming about Noah Webster and his dictionary. She says Webster thought Americans should have their own language and he celebrated American words like “skunk” and “caucus.” Webster’s portrait was painted by Samuel Morse, who made his own contribution to language by devising “Morse Code” for the newly invented telegraph. Lepore’s latest book is “A Is for American.”