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Frank CapraThe Catastrophe of Success$
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Joseph McBride

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738384

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.001.0001

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Frank Capra

McBride Joseph

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter recounts Capra’s experiences at Manual Arts High School. Capra realized that education was his ticket to a better life, and overcame his parents’ reluctance to his further schooling by promising to pay his own expenses if they would let him go on to high school. Throughout his four years at Manual, despite his sporadic and halfhearted attempts to be recognized, Capra remained for most of the students a faceless John Doe, lost in the crowd, snubbed and ignored. He was however an excellent student, compensating academically for the low repute in which he was regarded socially.

Keywords:   Frank Capra, schooling, high school education, Manual Arts

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