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Excerpt from Associated Homes: A LectureThe account here given is taken from a work by M. Godin, entitled Solutions Sociales, supplemented by information kindly furnished me by a relation and intimate friend of M. Godin, resident at Guise, to whomMoreExcerpt from Associated Homes: A LectureThe account here given is taken from a work by M. Godin, entitled Solutions Sociales, supplemented by information kindly furnished me by a relation and intimate friend of M. Godin, resident at Guise, to whom this sketch was submitted. Entire confidence may, therefore, be placed in the accuracy of the statements contained in it.Jean Baptist Andre Godin, the founder of the institution described in the following pages, was born at Esqueheries, a village in the department of lAisne, in France, on the 26th January, 1817. His father carried on the trade of a locksmith. He received the elements of education in the village school, among a hundred and forty other children, crowded into an ill-ventilated room. As he tells us, they passed their time principally in playing or receiving the blows of the masters rod. Moved already by the genius of social reform, he would busy himself with the thought, If I were the master I would teach my scholars better than is done here. But this idea of becoming a teacher, in order to reform the methods of instruction, soon gave place to the ambition of setting a noble example, by devoting himself to the manual arts. Thus animated, at the age of eleven-and-a-half years, though of a feeble constitution, he began to labour as an ironworker at bis fathers forge, as well as to aid his parents in agricultural operations, with an energy often beyond his strength.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.