Twenty Years at Hull-House; with Autobiographical Notes


Twenty Years at Hull-House; with Autobiographical Notes – by Jane Addams (Randyjw; June 1, 2019)


Twenty Years at Hull-House; with Autobiographical Notes – by Jane Addams; original publication date 1910. Paperback reissue by University of Illinois Press Urbana and Chicago in conjunction with the Illinois Center for the Book. Introduction and Notes ©1990 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, written by James Hurt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


This is a review of paradoxical contradictions. Written by: a self-termed Conservative with a bent toward issues-oriented policy, regarding the premise of socialized, communal living, termed a ‘Settler Movement,’ within a democratic republic. A Movement meant to examine the processes and application of social theory towards the results of its experiments; yet still finding an unsolved relevancy in the persistence of those self-same subsets one hundred-years forward. The subject of ‘Humans’, as human subjects.


The time was ripening for the arousal to consciousness of how man must learn to structure their societal proponents to live amongst a continually burgeoning and industrializing U.S. population. With the influx of immigrants from abroad, there needed to homogenize the old traditions and cultures to create a workable new, and this was the tenet of a number of ambitious people and projects attempting to do so, circa late-Nineteenth/early-Twentieth centuries.


Jane Addams was one of them. In her 1910 published book, she describes her project, conducted with a friend, to live amongst the poor, and to become good neighbors with them. Along the way, she is caught up in the issues of the day, such as the women’s suffrage movement, the assimilation of immigrants from old worlds into a new country, and the effects of egregious working conditions amongst the poor. Whether by choice or chance, she winds up taking a more proactive role to see their challenges as they would experience them, up close, and finding means and both temporary and permanent solutions to help rectify their situation.


It’s often hard to tell whether this was an intended undertaking, or whether she was just along on a developing ride. But, in any case, it seems that the attentions given to youth development and education enhanced their opportunities for growth through learning, and lent great assistance to achieving these marks.


The book offers an interesting perspective of the literal language of life one hundred-years ago. Sometimes dull, sometimes pedantic in thought – – but still a particular slant from another era lending insight into the influencers of the way in which societies might develop.




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18 responses to “Twenty Years at Hull-House; with Autobiographical Notes

  1. Hence I can write about poor in todays time and get a Nobel prize. I’m poor, not dirt poor although I have been, but now I’m just poor. Just consider me the Jane Addams of the 21st century and by the way why would a rich person would want to live with the poor? I want to get out! Live with the rich. A weird women, but it seemed she got money and notoriety out of that experience….. Thinking about it, I should rob a bank, and live with the rich (If I don’t get caught in the process of robbing the bank) and then write how the real rich live from the perspective of a poor guy.


    • To see how they live. True, you can just do a drive-by (horse and buggy) and get a really good idea, then say, whoops! gotta get out of here; why ask for trouble? But, it kindof reminds me of Mother Theresa – – you know, to go where others were cast off and to show them someone cared. All these committees and reports came out of it, but it was the development of different experiments leading to social programs, and the like. There was much good that came out of it.


      • I’m just a bit cynical, I’m sure there was a lot of good that came out from her work.


        • Yeah, I know. I can’t really decide if this is socialist-based, or what. But, originally, all the Democratic stuff gave people more rights and something of a safety net. I don’t disagree with all that. It’s just that equating it as if it encompasses today’s left, is just wrong. I’d say the right is more like the old left, and the left is just way off the charts into tyranny-land.


          • Guess what, get out of political stupidity since in Spain we deal every day with socialist stupidity and I´ll tell you a joke, Joke is, don´t think too much have fun in you day to day life.
            Love ya


            • So, how’s that working out for Spain?


                • It’s why I feel it’s so important that people should be able to speak about such things, free from fear of recrimination for doing so. If more people did, than more people would feel that they could speak up, too, and be able to effect change. If you have a mind to, you could do it, yourself, and help make Spain a better place, for all who live there, and for the world. Spain is basically good, but it could probably be helped to develop more free and sound economic spheres to make it more participatory and open to all: from poor to rich. Speaking from the US, and not particularly financially stable and independent myself, I realize that there will always be fissures into which people fall. But, I can’t be so strictly self-centered to propose unfair policies only beneficial to myself. It works, overall, for the opportunities most fair to all, and what doesn’t, we try hard to correct. You could add your voice, and your voice, to the mix, and help galvanize the movements toward the changes you’d like to see. A country where its citizens have a say in its operations, to good extent, and in a democratic fashion, to perceived benefit to mankind, is a blessed thing. Good luck with it!


                  • A lot of issues to adress. So lets stick with two crucial ones.

                    There was a Spanish warship helping the Americans (don´t know what help you guys need by the way) to travel through some weird wáter near Iran, great country I should go and visit, and the warship was called out by our politicians so in my eyes and maybe somebodies elses you feel like you can´t trust them.
                    I served in the Spanish Legion for almost 5 years and deployed twice, Irak and Afghanishit, who really lead the way…. the U.S, we worked with the Marines though, not army guys. The point being is that we, me and the rest tried to make a difference….. it might have helped some people but in certain countries that are still living in the dark ages it just does not happen.

                    Point two.
                    My real name is blue, that is what my social security worker calles me ( gotta love the name, social security), we have a saying here in Spain, ” Who doesn´t run he flies”. So since the system is build that we the people! have to look up to the state for them to help us, you might as well take advantage of it.

                    If I lived in the U.S, I got my ass off at 4 a.m and work until down, but here is another system so everybody is taking advantage, so I´m not going to be the idiot that doesn´t it.


                    • Gotcha. Ya. Spain in the modern age has always, militarily, been an excellent friend to us; providing troops, where needed, etc., and for all the right reasons. We also have the safety nets for the poor, etc. Same basic thing. It’s just that the European countries which continue to remain mostly socialistic or almost communistic often collapse and fail. Recall how bad it was for Spain, Italy, and Greece around a decade or so ago? Ya. That’s why it’s crazy to support the leftist ideology – – especially for the US. Because, as America declined under the Obama policies, so, too, did additional, smaller, European countries. You can’t fall for the trap that republicans care only about business and not people. Republicans, here, tend to provide better for the people, because they do so more fiscally responsibly, than their counterparts. The leftist model is unsustainable.


                    • I couldn´t have said it better.


                    • We have both systems, as does Spain. Work and welfare. Too many who don’t want to really work impose their laziness upon those that do by making the tax rates higher. It strains the system and causes lots of resentment. Yes, it’s good and necessary; I use parts of it, myself. But, it’s not a fiscally-sustainable model and could collapse whole countries. I just learned about another loophole I’m livid about. I might write about it. But, I get myself so worked up about these things. Right now, I’m looking at petitioners in front of Walmart (I also see them at libraries and bus terminals, all the time) always shilling for leftist issues (they’re the same ones I critique, online, and to most of their faces, of their discrimination tactics in first asking if a person is registered to vote before revealing any details about their petition issues; they’re not so busy that they couldn’t do so…). They’re paid workers. Wealthy Leftists throw so much money around trying to buy the vote, promising free everything. Craigslist is filled with ads for jobs for progressive-left causes, which pay really well. I wish Republicans did; it’d be easy to get back to work and get financially-comfy. But, I can’t undermine my country, like that. The Leftists appear to be concerned with grassroots efforts and the poor, but why the hypocritical stance of working for the billionaires shelling out this money? I was a volunteer for Trump. While some might find the easy way out, saying, See… the Republicans have all this money and don’t even pay the people supporting them, that’s just it, in a nutshell. We are the people who believe in a cause so much, that we’d do it for free. That’s real Grass Roots. That’s a President who also does so; he takes no salary from this job, quite unlike his predecessors.


    • Oh; and I don’t recommend your idea about the bank. Bad, bad idea. Bad Charly! Yeah, I know you’re joking.


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