Jane Addams, born with a congenital spinal deformity into a wealthy family, describes her posh upbringing, which paradoxically led to a career devoted to the poor. In a rough part of Chicago, Addams started what she called Hull House, a community workshop for European immigrants. It offered lodging, religious guidance, education, and occupational training. From 1889 to 1911, the institution grew to 13 buildings. Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers interprets the stilted prose composed a century ago into something very listenable, given that Addams’s sentences run on in a style rarely seen today. Rodgers’s feminine voice keeps the precise language intact, even as she struggles to create a contemporary sound for a story written by the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jane Addams's memoir of her experience running a settlement house on Chicago's West Side includes portraits of people in need and is a model for community service. Addams firmly believed that education and social activity were essential aspects of any program to turn lives around.
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"Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers interprets the stilted prose composed a century ago into something very listenable." (AudioFile)
Nicely tells one of a different time and day. I would never have thought these experiences happened or existed if I didn't read this. I was blessed to have been given this book as a choice to read in a university class. Good to read it again 25 years later.
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