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The Craft Apprentice : From Franklin to the Machine Age in America - W.J. Rorabaugh

The Craft Apprentice

From Franklin to the Machine Age in America

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Published: 11th February 1988
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The apprentice system in colonial America began as a way for young men to learn valuable trade skills from experienced artisans and mechanics and soon flourished into a fascinating and essential social institution. Benjamin Franklin got his start in life as an apprentice, as did Mark Twain, Horace Greeley, William Dean Howells, William Lloyd Garrison, and many other famous Americans. But the Industrial Revolution brought with it radical changes in the lives of craft apprentices. In this book, W. J. Rorabaugh has woven an intriguing collection of case histories, gleaned from numerous letters, diaries, and memoirs, into a narrative that examines the varied experiences of individual apprentices and documents the massive changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution.

"A first rate piece of scholarship and must reading for students of early American history."--The William and Mary Quarterly "A vivid and vigorously argued history of apprenticeship in America."--Journal of Social History "[A] scholarly and well-documented book....Absorbing and illuminating."--Washington Post Book World "[An] engaging history."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "A highly engaging and insightful study of how the political, commercial, and industrial revolutions in America transformed the lives of those on the bottom rung of the craft ladder....An important contribution to the understanding of the artisan experience in America."--Business History Review "A first rate piece of scholarship and must reading for students of early American history."--The William and Mary Quarterly "A vivid and vigorously argued history of apprenticeship in America."--Journal of Social History "[A] scholarly and well-documented book....Absorbing and illuminating."--Washington Post Book World "[An] engaging history."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "A highly engaging and insightful study of how the political, commercial, and industrial revolutions in America transformed the lives of those on the bottom rung of the craft ladder....An important contribution to the understanding of the artisan experience in America."--Business History Review "Americana at its fascinating best....The story of apprenticeship in the US offers a fascinating perspective on the nation during its formative years. Rorabaugh brings these seminal decades alive with vivid first-hand accounts drawn from letters, diaries, memoirs and other primary sources....An original and engaging contribution to scholarship with appeal that goes well beyond an academic readership."--Kirkus Reviews "One of those rare studies that exposes something grand by focusing on something small....This superb volume makes several significant contributions."--History of Education Quarterly "The best recent treatment of the decline and fall of an institution once pivotal to American life and labor....In this rich, insightful, and imaginative study, W.J. Rorabaugh has finally given the subject the direct attention it deserves."--Journal of Economic History "Using hundreds of autobiographies, diaries, and letters, Rorabaugh...pieces together the broad outlines of the apprentice's experience and the impact of the American Revolution, the ideology of equality, technological changes, and the Civil War on the relations between masters and apprentices....Should be read by all students interested in the history of labor and education."--Choice

Prefacep. vii
Prologue: Benjamin Franklin's Legacyp. 3
Chaosp. 16
The Master's Authorityp. 32
A Cash Wagep. 57
The Crisis in Printingp. 76
Personal Relationsp. 97
The Limits of Reformp. 113
The Machine Agep. 131
A Way Out?p. 157
Lingering Traditionsp. 176
Epilogue: Civil Warp. 198
Statistical Appendixp. 211
Notesp. 213
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780195051896
ISBN-10: 0195051890
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 11th February 1988
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.37 x 13.64  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.25