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This new edition of Twenty Years at Hull-House highlights the importance of Jane Addams as an early leader of the Progressive movement. Addams’s 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 revised, more concise, introduction provides a brief biographical sketch of Addams, outlines the convictions and decisions that led her to found Hull-House, highlights the political philosophy that guided her reform efforts, and traces Addams’s defense of her efforts to protect immigrants and those on the political margins from indiscriminate police prosecution. New related documents incorporate a diverse range of voices, including the memoir of an immigrant from Belarus who frequented Hull-House, an editorial by an Italian-American that felt out of place in America, and a letter from an African-American lawyer committed to fighting oppression. Readers of the revised edition will also find an updated bibliography and new questions for consideration.
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Table of Contents
Part One: 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
Jane Addams and the Progressive Era
Part Two: The Document
Twenty Years at Hull-House with Autobiographical Notes
Part Three: Related Documents
1. Hull-House Weekly Program, March 1, 1892
2. William G. Sumner, LL.D., "The Concentration of Wealth: Its Economic Justification," The Independent, 1902
3. Jane Addams, "If Men Were Seeking the Franchise," Ladies’ Home Journal, June 1913
4. "An Oft-Told Tale" and "The Lamb Tags on to the Lion," The New York Call, April 25, 1912 and August 11, 1912
5. Edward Alsworth Ross, "Racial Consequences of Immigration," The Century Magazine, February 1914
6. Gino C. Speranza, "How it Feels to be a Problem," Charities, 1904
7. Philp Davis, "Jane Addams Invites Me in" from And Crown Thy Good (1952)
8. H.J. Pinkett, Omaha, Nebraska to Jane Addams, May 12, 1908
An Addams Chronology (1860-1935)
Questions for Consideration