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Twenty Years at Hull House; with autobiographical notes [Kindle Edition]

Jane Addams
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At heart, Twenty Years is deeply optimistic: a book about hope and courage, about the yearning for equality and the yearning for peace. To a remarkable extent, Jane Addams' dreams were the same as our own. --The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Gioia Diliberto

About the Author

<div><div>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.</div></div>

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1619491583
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TIMO4Y
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Just over one hundred years ago when she wrote this memoir, Jane Addams was an internationally famous social reformer, speaker, and writer. At at time known as “The Gilded Age,” when wealth was celebrated by so many as a sign of God's favor, and you couldn't be too rich or powerful—the days of the Carnegies, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and their ilk—Jane Addams dedicated her life to improving the lot of the people who actually made all that wealth and power possible: working people and their families at the other end of the socioeconomic spectrum from the oligarchs and the plutocrats. For Jane Addams, a native of northern Illinois, that would mean living among the European immigrants and their families who lived in one of the largest and most diverse cities in the United States, Chicago. But she did it in a new and different way. Based on a then new model of social improvement created in England and known as the settlement house movement, in 1890 she and a few like-minded souls established Hull-House.

Hull-House started out literally as an old if large residence, and would grow into quite a complex of adjacent and nearby buildings covering parts of several blocks. Settlement residents were largely, like Jane Addams, educated professionals who where either independently wealthy (like Addams herself, though modestly so) or who supported themselves in their professions—law, education, medicine, business, etc.—and did their “settlement work” in their off-duty hours. And that settlement work was varied, to say the least. The residents and volunteers engaged in a dizzying array of activities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any social worker January 6, 2013
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An interesting look into the mind of the mother of social work. Jane Addams integrity and character show through in her writings. The reader comes away with a good feel for who this significant figure was.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Made me want to read more December 26, 2013
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I did enjoy the book but it really made me want to do additional research. Many of the clients Jane Addams described in her book I felt I needed to know more and find out how their stories ended. I was also wanting to know more on the day to day financial operations of Hull House, how long it stayed in existence, etc. Overall I would say this is a great begining book if you have interest in that period of our history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saved the day! June 11, 2012
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My 8th grade daughter had to do a report about Jane Addams and Hull House for her History class and needed to find several pieces of information. The report also had to be written in 1st person so this autobiography was perfect for her to use. It was a huge project in our school, due on "American History Day" when the children all dressed up as their characters. This book really helped my daughter "get to know" Jane Addams and play her part.
And I loved being able to download this for free on my Kindle! saved the day!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Progressive, especially for the Progressive Era March 27, 2014
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Jane Addams spent the majority of her life championing for the impoverished and exploited individuals of the early 1900s in Chicago. Jane's autobography is an ablosute must for history students. Of more interest may be the impact on society of an often scorned individual of sexual choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative January 9, 2014
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Quite impressive writings that tend to keep your attention. I am pleased with the clarity and verbal images drawn for the reader.
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