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Twenty years at Hull-House : with autobiographical notes
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935.
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New York : Penguin Books, 1998.
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xxvi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
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Originally published: New York : Macmillan, 1910.

Includes index.
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HV4196.C4 A3 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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In her account of the famed settlement house she founded (in 1889) and of the principles of social justice that inspired her, Addams tells the real stories of the newly arrived immigrant poor of Chicago's slums who were fictionalized in the novels of Theodore Dreiser and Upton Sinclair.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
I Earliest Impressionsp. 1
II Influence of Lincolnp. 16
III Boarding-School Idealsp. 29
IV The Snare of Preparationp. 43
V First Days at Hull-Housep. 58
VI Subjective Necessity for Social Settlementsp. 74
VII Some Early Undertakings at Hull-Housep. 85
VIII Problems of Povertyp. 102
IX A Decade of Economic Discussionp. 116
X Pioneer Labor Legislation in Illinoisp. 129
XI Immigrants and Their Childrenp. 149
XII Tolstoyismp. 166
XIII Public Activities and Investigationsp. 180
XIV Civic Cooperationp. 198
XV The Value of Social Clubsp. 218
XVI Arts at Hull-Housep. 236
XVII Echoes of the Russian Revolutionp. 255
XVIII Socialized Educationp. 272