Jan 28, 2021
Twenty Years at Hull-House
Posted by Jane Addams

A new teaching edition of Twenty 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 accessible to undergraduates while maintaining the integrity of the original work Her narrative of lifA new teaching edition of Twenty 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 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.

  • Title: Twenty Years at Hull-House
  • Author: Jane Addams
  • ISBN: 9780312157067
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twenty Years at Hull House A new teaching edition of Twenty 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 Addam


    After reading Atlas Shrugged I spent a year in the circle jerk libertarian mindset Then I picked up this book and it slapped me silly and told me I was an idiot and completely ignorant of the way the world worked If I had to pick out one book that made me a better person, it s this one.

    David Schaafsma

    This book has been read and reviewed a lot, so this won t really be a review so much as a short reflection I came to Jane Addams late, after first encountering her sort of peripherally through the guy all educators are introduced to, John Dewey, one of her best friends, who wrote Democracy and Education and Experience and Education and close to 90 other books One of the greatest thinkers of all time, with great ideas But I am quite sure he would not have been able to write as he does without Add [...]

    Kressel Housman

    I first learned of Jane Addams and Hull House when I read the biography of Frances Perkins FDR s Labor Secretary and the first woman to serve on the Cabinet because she got her start in social work as a Hull House resident The philosophy of the place was to house and serve the poor, but its founder Jane Addams and residents like Frances Perkins lived there, too, without class distinction Many of the beneficiaries were immigrants and were therefore educated by the American born residents, but the [...]

    Frank Stein

    The first part of this book is simply beautiful In it Addams provides a strange and insightful look at what it was like to grow up the daughter of a well off miller in rural Cedarville, Illinois in the 19th century Surprisingly for a Victorian era social reformer, she s eminently relatable and self reflective She describes in detail things like a nightmare she had as a young girl where everyone in the world was dead except her, and the world depended upon her solitary work as a blacksmith to sta [...]

    Nick Klagge

    As with all of my very favorite books, it s difficult for me to put into words what Twenty Years at Hull House meant to me Although I am not generally a big annotator, I was kicking myself for checking this out of the library and not having bought my own copy so that I couldn t underline, write notes, etc At the same time, I couldn t keep myself from reading it until I bought a copy All in all this was not too upsetting, because I definitely intend to read this book again in the future, probably [...]


    She taught the poor Shakespeare, and they loved it Great work by one of my favorite feminists during an era when feminists were not welcome most places Lincoln wrote to Ms Addams, saying that she and her father were The double D Addams Lincoln noticed everything I am always surprised when a school is named Jane Addams, and no one seems to know a thing about Jane Addams Hopefully, someone at all the schools will fall in love with Jane Addams once her story is uncovered This book does a great job [...]


    I truly believe that I should be given some sort of prize for reading this book It was an incredible bore and many times I found myself half way down the page when, to my chagrin, I would realize I d been thinking about what I d make for dinner and I d have to start all over again at the top Other times I just plunged ahead There were a few amusing bits such as when Miss Addams gloats over her achievement of getting Chicago drug stores to stop selling cocaine to children.


    Some scattered thoughts I don t often have a desire to meet authors, even of my favorite books, because I can t imagine what we d talk about really But Jane Addams is somehow a different matter her graciousness shines through her writing and her concerns for each individual among the urban masses, her eye for their potential, whether nourished in wealth or stunted in poverty or vice versa, and her creativity in seeking if not solution, at least amelioration, to struggle or wound She was a remark [...]


    In the unceasing ebb and flow of justice and oppression we must all dig channels as best we may, that at the propitious moment somewhat of the swelling tide may be conducted to the barren places of life 44.


    While I rate the book a three, I rate Jane Addams herself a five She was born privileged and after graduating from college and spending time in Europe she felt herself to be useless all this book knowledge but not doing anything actually of use in the world She always did want to live among and help the poor and this is what she eventually does She buys a big house in one of the worst neighborhoods in Chicago and sets out to be of use This book chronicles the first twenty years of the settlement [...]


    Fascinating to read the history of the nation s most prominent settlement house from the point of view of its activist founder Jane Addams vision is astounding and though she was able to accomplish this because she came from a wealthy, educated family, it wasn t charity She listened to the people she served and created programs that would enable them to lead healthy and dignified lives from classes in sanitation, electricity and Shakespeare to English lessons and healthy meals Three quarters of [...]


    I wanted to read this, but I m pretty glad it s over I was interested in the information, but the prose is awful dense It was just a slog to get to the meat, and I m not sure I learned as much as I d hoped Interesting time to be reading it though.


    Jane Addams looks back on 20 years at Hull House a settlement house in Chicago that she founded to ameliorate the effects of industrialization and immigration These houses were set up in different cities throughout the country by people who were either rich or had access to money and wanted to dedicate their lives to charity Addams championed the downtrodden, victimized and oppressed who were taken advantage of by unscrupulous bosses, people and even criminals Conditions faced by immigrants incl [...]


    A book that is as relevant today as the era it chronicles It is a Herculean effort fraught with all manner of frustrations to alleviate human suffering in times of economic deprivation Just to supply many thousands of people with the bottom rung of Maslow s Hierarchy of needs is difficult, but to educate, enrich the mind and elevate the spirit during times of economic hardship is insuperable Throughout the history of the industrialized world humans are caught in a whirlpool of misery while tendi [...]

    Jane Mettee

    I found an old 1945 copy at a sale As a public health nurse I have always heard about Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago Jane Addams with her friend Ellen Starr founded the Hull House in 1989 The purpose was to provide social, public health, and advocacy services to the low income people mostly immigrants in the area Hull House is recognized as the model for social service reform in this country Accomplishments include improving sanitation ie garbage collection and sewage disposal to impr [...]


    This tiny little book took me months to get through and I could not usually read than 10 or so pages in 1 sitting But, it was very worth trudging through It is dense, but it is so historically packed with info on the history of social services, labor movements, women s rights, immigration, poverty, democracy, grassroots organizing, and Chicago and the mid west The settlement movement as it is referred to in the book, encompasses the many social services that exist today, but highlights how they [...]

    Braden Turner

    Jane Addams as a social worker five starsJane Addams as a writer three starsAt times meandering and inconsequential, its best moments illuminate why we should engage in social work in the first place.

    Kevin Dang

    Boring prose, but the struggles and achievements of Jane Addams are worth reading.

    Adam Schweigert

    Very disorganized and hard to get through, but there are some details that make it worth slogging through.


    This was so interesting and even uplifting to read in this time of Trumpery She left us an incredible legacy.


    A modest, thoughtful look at Chicago s innovative Hull House Settlement as well as a fascinating glimpse into the personal development and accomplishments of Jane Addams I wound up really liking and relating to Jane Addams as a person occasionally, her reflections on her own foibles, naivete, and growth are hilarious And the political and community work done by Hull House the empowerment framework in which it was done, before there was the word empowerment was astonishing I should have read this [...]


    I am a great admirer of Jane Addams and her work creating the first settlement house in the United States, Hull House, for Chicago s urban poor in 1889 I went into reading this book hoping to learn about the settlement movement and Ms Addams s role as America s first social worker.Twenty Years at Hull House was written by Jane Addams because several inaccurate biographies had been written and Addams wanted to set the record straight In the first quarter of the book Addams inundates the reader w [...]


    The book is not light reading, but is not a difficult read, either I found the material extremely informative and enlightening, especially since I have spent than 20 years as a State PTA leader The events of this book overlap and deal with many of the same issues as why the National PTA was founded.d labor issues, poor public education, the importance of the arts, an understanding of other cultures, etc Jane Addams has long been one of my socio political heroines She put into action her concern [...]


    I read Twenty Years at Hull House due to my interest in the literature of the American Progressive era and in preparation for visiting the Hull House Museum in Chicago, which I did today after finishing up the book on the train ride over It was a lovely and informative visit, although I was quite sad that almost every building in the original Hull House development was destroyed in 1963 to make way for the University of Illinois at Chicago student center A seventy year old historic community com [...]


    More than just a chronicle of the first two decades of Hull House, the experimental social improvement site Jane Addams established in the late 19th century in one of Chicago s many impoverished immigrant quarters, this book is a spirited defense of pluralistic and democratic ideals It is a plea for world citizens to hold their nations accountable when they run astray of democracy And unfortunately, though under served urban neighborhoods are increasingly populated by African Americans and Latin [...]


    Well, since Nick read this book about a year ago, and was deeply influenced by Jane Addams s thinking, TYAHH has been on my short list for awhile Because Addams has become so important to Nick, he s talked about her with me a lot as a result, reading TYAHH for the first time felt like a familiar experience Perhaps I d be giving an additional star if my reading were a mind blowing first encounter with JA however, that s not to say that I didn t enjoy the book My favorite chapters were the ones wh [...]


    Reading about the creation and evolution of one of America s greatest settlements was very interesting on several different levels Being in a similar line of work, I was intrigued to note how many differences and similarities there are between serving the poor, mostly immigrant, class one hundred years ago and now Many of their problems then are their problems now, but one big difference is that it was the likes of Jane Addams who worked hard and took great personal risks to persuade government [...]


    One of the most amazing women in history, Jane Addams led an extraordinary life dedicated to helping those around her This beautiful piece is an incredible look into her brainchild, the Hull House in Chicago It was here that Jane, along with Ellen Gates Starr, reinvented community activism through their fight for equality for the immigrants of the region This is an in depth look at the trials and successes she encountered while building her settlement house from the ground up The beauty of this [...]


    This is an important book, though often a sluggish read Addams was a social reformer, after all, but not an artist her prose is often excessively wordy and awkward, especially when she s describing abstract topics But when she writes specific anecdotes about Hull House residents and associates, the passages are wonderfully vivid and moving And her discussions of meeting Tolstoy and, later, fighting against claims that Hull House promoted anarchy as damning then as an accusation of Communist sym [...]

    Pete Davis

    Jane Addams is an American legend She should be on the 20 bill Here she shares her experience running her flagship Settlement House a social center, a direct service HQ, a cultural hub, and a civic laboratory for two decades at the turn of the century There are some timeless civic engineering lessons and insights into urban life a hundred years ago, but it s buried underneath much era specific filler However, it s worth a read just to be inspired by Jane Addams vision and humane morality.

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