Twenty Years at Hull-House: With Autobiographical Notes
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Twenty Years at Hull-House: With Autobiographical Notes

by Norah Hamilton
     
 

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In 1889, while many Americans were disdainful of newly arrived immigrants, Jane Addams established Hull-House as a refuge for Chicago's poor. The settlement house provided an unprecedented variety of social services. In this inspiring autobiography, Addams chronicles the institution's early years and discusses the ever-relevant philosophy of social

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In 1889, while many Americans were disdainful of newly arrived immigrants, Jane Addams established Hull-House as a refuge for Chicago's poor. The settlement house provided an unprecedented variety of social services. In this inspiring autobiography, Addams chronicles the institution's early years and discusses the ever-relevant philosophy of social justice that served as its foundation.
Addams, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her philanthropic work, explains her motives for creating the institution and outlines its main activities. She also discusses many of her beliefs, including the need for commitment of federal agencies to services for immigrants, as well as socialized education. Filled with observations on everyday life, accounts of practical action, and prescriptions for public policy, Twenty Years at Hull-House remains a rich source of provocative social theory. This edition of Addams's classic of American intellectual and social history features more than 50 illustrations.

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Booknews
Originally published in 1910, this was Jane Addams' most successful book. Now regarded as a classic of American social history, this first annotated edition is issued on the occasion of the Hull-House centennial. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486457499
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
04/04/2008
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Kathryn Kish Sklar
One of the most important books ever written in the United States, Twenty Years at Hull-House remains a classic because it addresses large questions of human destiny and social justice in terms that are as relevant today as they were one hundred years ago.
—(Kathryn Kish Sklar, author of Catherine Beecher: A Study in American Domesticity)
Berenice Carroll
Twenty Years at Hull-House is an indispensable classic of American intellectual and social history, and remains a rich source of provocative social theory. Jane Addams was both an activist of courage and "a thinker of originality and daring." Her life and writings exemplify the integration of social thought and action. Addams and her associates at Hull-House had wide-ranging influence not only on the key reform movements of the time but also on major currents of philosophical, sociological, and political thought. Filled with careful empirical observations, perceptions on everyday life, accounts of practical action, and prescriptions for public policy, this small volume also embodies such important theoretical contributions as "The Necessity for Social Settlements," "A Decade of Economic Discussion," "Tolstoyism," and "Problems of Poverty." Long acclaimed for its autobiographical and historical value, Twenty Years at Hull-House should be read today as much for its enduring insights, critical analyses, and persuasive vision.
—(Berenice A. Carroll, editor of Liberating Women's History: Theoretical and Critical Essays)

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