20 Years at Hull-House

ISBN-10: 1619491583

ISBN-13: 9781619491588

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jane Addams

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Late at night on the streets of London, in 1883, Jane Addams came upon a crowd of poor, hungry people all struggling to outbid each other for a measly supply of rotten vegetables. Haunted by the memory of their clutching, desperate hands, she continued her travels through Europe, eventually settling in Chicago, where - with her friend Ellen Starr - she founded Hull-House. "20 Years at Hull-House" details the history of an inspiring institution that dedicated itself to providing a resource for cultural improvement to immigrant and poor communities throughout Chicago.
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Book details

Publisher: Empire Books
Publication date: 12/16/2011
Binding: Paperback
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

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.

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