Little House on the Prairie: Season 5, Episode 15

The Craftsman (8 Jan. 1979)

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Albert becomes an apprentice for a craftsman who is Jewish. His classmates accuse him of being a Jew-lover and Laura is embarrassed because they accuse her when she tells them to quit ... See full summary »

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Mary Ingalls (credit only)
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Albert becomes an apprentice for a craftsman who is Jewish. His classmates accuse him of being a Jew-lover and Laura is embarrassed because they accuse her when she tells them to quit picking on Albert. Albert learns to take pride in his work and when Mr. Isaac Singerman dies at the end of the summer, Albert follows his way of planting an acorn to grow a tree to repay the earth for the one he used in his carpentry. Written by Anonymous

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Nellie makes comments against Jews in this episode, but next season she marries a devout Jew. See more »

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Jud Larrabee: Ain't nothing wrong with being prejudice against jews. It's kinda like a self-defense!
Jonathan Garvey: I kind of agree with you, Larrabee. I'm prejudice myself.
Jud Larrabee: [Smiles] You are? Against who?
Jonathan Garvey: Against short, rednecked farmers.
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Albert's turn
3 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Albert befriends an older Jewish craftsman. Albert likes him and what he does so much that he gets Charles' permission to work for him after school. Under his apprenticeship, Albert learns a lot about life and treating others kindly. Even in the face of being made fun of at school, Albert stays strong and sides with his friend. Laura, on the other hand, has trouble accepting Albert's friendship but thinks differently after a very stern lecture from her father.

This episode is endearing and really pulls at your heartstring. This is the second episode that refers to bigotry. It's interesting to see some imperfections from main characters such as Laura who has trouble embracing the importance of standing up the the Jewish neighbors. It also really opens your heart to Albert, the newest member of the Ingalls family.


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