Addams had read widely and had written about literature, (5) and she was experienced in anticipating a range of receptions from the familiar audiences in women's clubs to skeptical neighbors in the working-class community surrounding Hull House
. In Addams's article "The Subtle Problems of Charity" (1899), she explains the challenges encountered by the "charity visitor" when interacting with less privileged people; the article reveals her ability to gage an audience's receptivity:
There is no account of the social science and policy work of people such as Jane Addams, Florence Kelley, and their colleagues at Hull House
, or New Deal architects Harry Hopkins and Francis Perkins.
In the 1890s, public health advocates from Jane Addams's Hull House
linked sewage outflows with outbreaks of typhoid fever and pushed for sanitary garbage disposal.
Hinman taught a combination of ball room and folk dance to both sexes at Chicago's Hull House
as early as 1897, and ten years later, the Principal at P.S 15 in Manhattan crowed that some sixty "healthy, happy" fifth-grade girls in the Burchenal Athletic Club regularly performed fifteen Northern European dances, from the Irish Jig to the Hungarian Csardas, Swedish Frykdalspolkska, Russian Comarinskaia and a Minuet.
The progressive project was conspicuously evident at Jane Addams' Hull House
. Under Addams' guiding hand, musical director Eleanor Smith used Sunday concerts and individual lessons to promote what Vaillant describes as a "new democratic cultural politics for civic music that would spread far beyond the confines of the immediate neighborhood." (p.
To anyone outside the liberal fold these might seem devastating criticisms, but in the second half of the book, Taylor is at pains to show that not all Progressives suffered from the "Emersonian legacy." In her work at Hull House
, Jane Addams displayed a becoming humility" she refused to demonize her opponents and as a rule avoided "moral arrogance." As a pacifist, she opposed World War I, but allowed Hull House
to be used as an army draft registration center.
Specifically, the author examines Hull House
and the pioneering social settlement work of Jane Addams at the turn of the 20th century; democratic education for social change put into practice during the civil rights movement by Myles Horton, Septima Clark, Bernice Robinson, and others at the Highlander Folk School; and the Neighborhood Learning Community in St.
Addams came from a privileged upbringing which includes travel in Europe, but when she discovered the poverty under her eyes, she brought the settlement house idea of England to Chicago, opening the famous Hull House
for the poor.
Particularly compelling and noteworthy women (and their related issues) represented in this resource include Jane Adams (Hull House
); Irene Ashby (child labor in the South); Dorothea Lange (migrant workers during the Depression); Margaret Hagood (Mothers of the South); and Josephine Shaw Lowell (New York Charity Organization Society).
Topping the Friday's female trade at 4,000gns was Holly Farm Hilversum, a scrapie genotype one shearling from the Holly Farm flock of Davies and Wareing, of Halsall, Ormskirk, Lancashire, selling to J & W Mellin, Hull House
, Hellifield, Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Jane Addams forsook the comforts of an affluent college graduate's life to live in Hull House
in the midst of a disease-ridden and crowded Chicago immigrant neighborhood, determined to make it an educational and social center that would bring pride, health, and beauty into the lives of her poor neighbors.
MOTHER KNEW BEST: Lucy is left with only her memories after her mum, Jean, was stabbed to death in a Hull house
(above) by Kevin Batty (right) - now serving a life sentence