"From Immigrant Ship to Citizenship": Craft Knowledge, Identity, and the Industrial Arts at Boston's North Bennet Street Industrial School.
This study explores North Bennet Street Industrial School's use of industrial arts education to transform Italian craft knowledge into Italian-American industrial skill at the end of the nineteenth century. Particularly, I examine how the educators and administrators at North Bennet focused on inculcating citizenship by dictating proper habits of the body, demonstrating the correct use of space both at home and at work, and promulgating an ideal relationship between the proper American citizen and the spaces of the city through the pedagogy of the industrial arts. By emphasizing a causal relationship between the organization of space and the shaping of the self, North Bennet Street Industrial School attempted to confer legitimacy to what was typically deemed an illegitimate citizen by teaching American spatial practices.
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