Twenty Years at Hull House

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(4.4 stars; 9 reviews)

Jane Addams was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In a long, complex career, she was a pioneer settlement worker and founder of Hull-House in Chicago, public philosopher (the first American woman in that role), author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace. She was the most prominent woman of the Progressive Era and helped turn the nation to issues of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, public health and world peace. She emphasized that women have a special responsibility to clean up their communities and make them better places to live, arguing they needed the vote to be effective. Addams became a role model for middle-class women who volunteered to uplift their communities. This recording of her memoir Twenty Years at Hull-House commemorates the 100th anniversary of its publication, the 150th anniversary of Addams' birth, and was released on December 10th, the anniversary of Addams receiving her Nobel Prize. (Summary by Wikipedia and Elizabeth Klett) (10 hr 30 min)


Preface 4:17 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 1 - Earliest Impressions 25:57 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 2 - Influence of Lincoln 26:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 3 - Boarding-School Ideals 27:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 4 - The Snare of Preparation 30:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 5 - First Days at Hull House 29:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 6 - Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements 25:25 Read by Veronica Jenkins
Chapter 7 - Some Early Undertakings at Hull House 32:19 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 8 - Problems of Poverty 30:25 Read by Floyd Wilde
Chapter 9 - A Decade of Economic Discussion 27:17 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 - Pioneer Labor Legislation in Illinois 53:04 Read by Dianne Lanning
Chapter 11 - Immigrants and their Children 46:50 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 12 - Tolstoyism 32:27 Read by Dianne Lanning
Chapter 13 - Public Activities and Investigations 38:11 Read by doublemirrors
Chapter 14 - Civic Cooperation 44:36 Read by doublemirrors
Chapter 15 - The Value of Social Clubs 41:50 Read by Linda Velwest
Chapter 16 - Arts at Hull House 39:37 Read by Kim Stich
Chapter 17 - Echoes of the Russian Revolution 36:56 Read by doublemirrors
Chapter 18 - Socialized Education 37:21 Read by doublemirrors


(5 stars)

Excellent reading of an interesting, and historically significant memoir of an American social worker at the turn of the twentieth century. I was intrigued by her account of the meeting with Tolstoy, having recently read Anna Karenina.