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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Table of Contents
I. Earliest Impressions
II. Influence of Lincoln
III. Boarding-School Ideals
IV. The Snare of Preparation
V. First Days at Hull-House
VI. Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements
VII. Some Early Undertakings at Hull-House
VIII. Problems of Poverty
IX. A Decade of Economic Discussion
X. Pioneer Labor Legislation in Illinois
XI. Immigrants and Their Children
XIII. Public Activities and Investigations
XIV. Civic Coöperation
XV. The Value of Social Clubs
XVI. Arts at Hull-House
XVII. Echoes of the Russian Revolution
XVIII. Socialized Education
What People are Saying About This
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)
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)