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The Grace Abbott Reader

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This reader features the most influential and insightful writings of Grace Abbott (1878?1939), a tireless and brilliant social reformer in the early twentieth century. These writings contributed to the development of social programs that safeguarded mothers and children, protected immigrants from abuse, and rescued child laborers from the appalling conditions of the time. Framed by reminiscences and observations on her life by her sister, Edith Abbott, and other important historical figures, these writings ...
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Lincoln and Lond 2008 Softcover 192 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. SOCIAL SCIENCE. This reader features the most influential and insightful writings of Grace Abbott ... (1878-1939), a tireless and brilliant social reformer in the early twentieth century. These writings contributed to the development of social programs that safeguarded mothers and children, protected immigrants from abuse, and rescued child laborers from the appalling conditions of the time. Framed by reminiscences and observations on her life by her sister, Edith Abbott, and other important historical figures, these writings recapture a critical turning point&emdash; and a significant voice&emdash; in the never-ending struggle for social justice in this nation. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter said he did not believe that "the American experience would disclose a finer illustration of the rare art of public administration" than Abbott and urged that her work be recorded for posterity. In Abbott's case, this "art" meant making Read more Show Less

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This reader features the most influential and insightful writings of Grace Abbott (1878–1939), a tireless and brilliant social reformer in the early twentieth century. These writings contributed to the development of social programs that safeguarded mothers and children, protected immigrants from abuse, and rescued child laborers from the appalling conditions of the time. Framed by reminiscences and observations on her life by her sister, Edith Abbott, and other important historical figures, these writings recapture a critical turning point—and a significant voice—in the never-ending struggle for social justice in this nation.
 
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter said he did not believe that “the American experience would disclose a finer illustration of the rare art of public administration” than Abbott and urged that her work be recorded for posterity. In Abbott's case, this “art” meant making life better and making real change possible for countless immigrants, women, and children. The Grace Abbott Reader, the first collection of Abbott’s stirring words, shows that the causes she pursued with fiery conscience and fierce determination are as relevant in our day as they were in hers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803215900
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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John Sorensen is the executive director of the Abbott Sisters Project in New York City. He has written and lectured extensively on the lives and work of the Abbott sisters.
 
Judith Sealander is a professor of history at Bowling Green State University. Her most recent book is The Failed Century of the Child: Governing America’s Young in the Twentieth Century.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Edith Abbott and "A Sister's Memories"

Grace Abbott: A Biographical Timeline

Pt. I Immigrants

Introduction Hull House Days (ca. 1952) Edith Abbott Abbott, Edith 3

1 The Immigrant Girl (1909) 7

2 The Education of Foreigners in American Citizenship (1910) 10

3 The Immigrant as a Problem in Community Planning (1917) 18

4 Problems of the Immigrant Girl (1917) 25

Pt. II Children

Introduction The Maternity and Infancy Revolution (ca. 1952) Edith Abbott Abbott, Edith 33

5 A Constitutional Amendment (1920) 39

6 Public Protection for Children (1924) 43

7 Perpetuating May Day (1929) 50

8 The Next Steps (1929) 53

9 Boarding Out (1930) 57

10 The Challenge of Child Welfare (1931) 59

11 The Real American Vice (1931) 63

12 The Washington Traffic Jam (1931) 68

13 Why Did Child Labor Ever Develop in America? (ca. 1933) 72

14 Promoting the Welfare of All Children (1937) 74

15 Children and the Depression (pub. 1941) 77

Pt. III Women

Introduction How Women Achieve in Government (1939) Frances Perkins Perkins, Frances 83

16 Dorothea Dix (1926) 87

17 Women (1933) 94

18 The Changing Position of Women in Government (1930) 96

Postscript Jeanne C. Marsh Marsh, Jeanne C. 105

Source Acknowledgments 107

Notes 111

Bibliography 123

Index 129

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