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Twenty Years at Hull-House.

With autobiographical notes. With illustrations by Norah Hamilton. Limited and autograph edition.

New York : 1910 Stock Code: 137440
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First edition, limited issue, number 28 of 210 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Twenty Years at Hull-House is the first autobiography of social reformer and peace activist Jane Addams (1860-1935), the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (in 1931), and the founder of the social work profession in the US.
The second settlement house to open in the US and by far the most famous, influential, and innovative, Hull-House was co-founded in 1889 in Chicago by Addams and Ellen Gates Starr. "The rapid expansion of programs offered at Hull-House during the 1890s mirrored the rapid development of Addams's own thinking about the purpose of a settlement house. Influenced by Ruskin and Toynbee Hall and inspired by Thomas Carlyle's elitist philosophy that the rich had a duty to the lower classes, Addams and Starr originally envisioned the settlement as a place where educated women could share their knowledge of art and literature with the working poor. Soon after opening Hull-House, however, Addams and Starr came to understand that the project's success depended less on poetry readings than on the provision of very practical social services, including a day-care center for the children of working mothers and English literacy classes for those seeking U.S. citizenship" (ANB). The core residents were well-educated women bound together by their commitment to labour unions, the National Consumers League, and the suffrage movement; the facilities spanned a thirteen building complex and included space for medical treatments, a night school, a public kitchen, an art gallery, a gym, meeting rooms, and a library. It is estimated that, at its height, Hull-House was visited each week by some 2,000 people.
Addams was the first woman president of the National Conference of Charities and Correction (later the National Conference of Social Work), vice president of the National-American Woman Suffrage Association, pro-suffrage columnist for the Ladies' Home Journal, and a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She was also among the first generation of college-educated women in the US and the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Yale.

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Large octavo. Original vellum-backed brown paper-covered boards, spine and front board lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut.


Black-and-white photographic frontispiece, 11 plates, numerous illustrations to the text.


An internally crisp, clean copy, the last three leaves a little fragile along creased top edges, the binding square and tight with some wear to extremities and a few small chips to boards.


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