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Twenty Years at Hull-House

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A new teaching edition ofTwenty 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.

Author Biography

Victoria Bissell Brown (Ph.D., UCSD) is associate professor of history and chair of gender and women's studies at Grinnell College. She is currently writing a biography of Jane Addams and has published articles on Addams's role in the woman suffrage movement and the Pullman strike. She has also written on female socialization, particularly in Los Angeles, at the turn of the century.

Table of Contents

Forword v
Preface vii
PART ONE Introduction: Jane Addams Constructs Herself and Hull-House 1(38)
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
PART TWO The Document 39(168)
Twenty Years at Hull-House with Autobiographical Notes
PART THREE Related Documents 207(46)
Hull-House Weekly Program, March 1, 1892
``Hull-House,'' New England Magazine, July 1898
Florence Kelley
``The Concentration of Wealth: Its Economic Justification,'' The Independent, 1902
William G. Sumner, LL.D.
``An Oft-Told Tale'' and ``The Lamb Tags on to the Lion,'' The New York Call, April 25, 1912 and August 11, 1912
``If Men Were Seeking the Franchise,'' Ladies' Home Journal, June 1913
Jane Addams
``Racial Consequences of Immigration,'' The century Magazine, February 1914
Edward Alsworth Ross
I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl
Hilda Satt Polacheck
An Addams Chronology (1860-1935) 253(6)
Selected Bibliography 259(4)
Index 263

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