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ABBOTT, Edith.

The Tenements of Chicago 1908–1935.

Assisted by Sophonisba P. Breckenridge and other associates in the School of Social Service Administration of the University of Chicago.

Published: Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1936

Stock code: 103285

Price: £575

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First edition, first impression. Scarce in the jacket. The results of a 25-year research project, this landmark study of tenement neighbourhoods in Chicago was undertaken by two prominent female social scientists and reformers. Abbott earned a PhD in economics and penned over 100 books and articles calling for improved social welfare and the alleviation of poverty, and in 1935 she was one of the drafters of the Social Security Act. Breckenridge was, in 1895, the first woman admitted to the Kentucky bar, and later earned a PhD in economics. She moved to Chicago in 1907 and began working on issues related to poverty before becoming a full professor at the University of Chicago. In 1925 the two women co-founded the influential journal Social Service Review, which is still published by the University of Chicago.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece, 34 plates, 9 maps. Ownership signature to front free endpaper. Small closed tear to front free endpaper; an excellent, fresh copy in the jacket that has some toning to spine and panel edges, three-quarters of front flap separating from front panel, some shallow chips and nicks to extremities.

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