Twenty Years at Hull-House

ISBN-10: 0312157061
ISBN-13: 9780312157067
Edition: 1999
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 4/19/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

A new teaching edition of Twenty Years at Hull-House, this volume is an ideal way to introduce students to one of America’s most famous women and an early leader of the Progressive movement. Jane Addams’s original text has been reduced by about 35 percent, making it more accessible to undergraduates while maintaining the integrity of the original work. Her narrative of life in an immigrant urban neighborhood provides students with an entry into the ideology of the Progressive era and the tenets of social activism. The introduction provides a brief biographical sketch of Addams, outlines the decisions and conviction that led her to found Hull-House, and includes a vivid description of turn-of-the-century Chicago. Related documents include a description of life at Hull-House from the perspective of an immigrant who frequented it, an early review of Addams’s tale, and perspectives from other reformers. Useful apparatus includes photographs, a chronology, a bibliography, and an index.

Jane Addams was born Laura Jane Addams in Cedarville, Illinois, on September 6, 1860. She graduated from Rockford Female Seminary with the hope of attending medical school. Her father opposed her unconventional ambition and, in an attempt to redirect it, sent her to Europe. In London, Addams was moved by the work done at Toynbee Hall, a settlement house. Upon her return to the United States, she began her lifelong fight for the underprivileged, women, children laborers, and social reform. In the space of four years she received Yale University's first honorary doctorate awarded to a woman, published her first book, was the first woman president of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, and was elected vice president of the National American Women Suffrage Association. In 1915 she became the first president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. With Ellen G. Starr, Addams founded Hull House in Chicago, a renowned settlement house dedicated to serving the disadvantaged and the poor. Addams went on to author twelve books, including Twenty Years in Hull House, Newer Ideals of Peace, and Peace and Bread in Time of War. The latter title was written to protest the U.S.'s involvement in World War I and was based on Addams's experience assisting Herbert Hoover in sending relief supplies to women and children in enemy nations. Hospitalized following a heart attack in 1926, Addams could not accept in person the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1931. She was the first American woman to receive the honor. Addams died in 1935.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Jane Addams Constructs Herself and Hull-House
Growing Up in the Gilded Age
The Nature and Purpose of Memoir
Twenty Years at Hull-House in Place and Time
Inside Hull-House
Jane Addams and the Progressive Era
The Document
Twenty Years at Hull-House with Autobiographical Notes
Related Documents
Hull-House Weekly Program, March 1, 1892
Florence Kelley, "Hull House," New England Magazine, July 1898
William G. Sumner, LL.D., "The Concentration of Wealth: Its Economic Justification," The Independent, 1902
"An Oft-Told Tale" and "The Lamb Tags on to the Lion," The New York Call, April 25, 1912 and August 11, 1912
Jane Addams, "If Men Were Seeking the Franchise," Ladies' Home Journal, June 1913
Edward Alsworth Ross, "Racial Consequences of Immigration," The Century Magazine, February 1914
Hilda Satt Polacheck, I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl
Appendices
An Addams Chronology (1860-1935)
Selected Bibliography
Index

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