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This post reviews Ruth Wallis Herndon and John E. Murray, eds., Children Bound to Labor: The Pauper Apprentice System in Early America(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009)

This fascinating book is the product of a long process of collaboration by a wide range of historians brought together by the Spencer Foundation under the leadership of the amazing educational historian John Rury.  Herndon and Murray collaborated with 11 other researchers to produce the most comprehensive and compelling look by far at the institution of pauper apprenticeships in North America from the colonial period until about 1850.  Why does this matter for homeschooling?  Because throughout this period, the most common way to educate children in dire circumstances was in the homes of more stable families.  (more…)

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