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Watkinson, James D. – History of Education Quarterly, 1996
Discusses the educational and social efforts of the Benevolent Mechanics Association in Petersburg, Virginia, between the years 1825 and 1857. Although economically prosperous, the southern mechanics (all skilled trades) established a night school for their apprentices in a bid for social acceptance. Examines the reasons for the school's failure.…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Educational History, Evening Programs, Higher Education