SAT Subject US History Practice Question 952: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 952

33. To become an artisan in the 1830s, one had to

A. study at a vocational school.
B. attend two years of university.
C. attend grammar school for five years.
D. join a union affiliated with the American Federation of Labor.
E. become an apprentice to a master craftsman.

Correct Answer: E


To become an artisan, one had to go through an apprenticeship with a master craftsman. Artisans included shoemakers, blacksmiths, and tailors. The apprentice system was inherited from medieval times; vocational schools (A) or academic

universities (B) were not part of the training. The American Federation of Labor (D), born in 1886, consisted of unions of craft workers employed in industrial settings.

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