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JANE ADDAMS AND THE HULL HOUSE JANE ADDAMS Jane Addams was a social activist who, along with Ellen gates Starr, founded Hull House, one of the first settlement houses in the United States. She was also a writer, a philosopher, and a pacifist, and by all of her effort, she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Hull House was open in the nineteenth ward of Chicago in September 1889. It was settled in a neighborhood of immigrant families from different countries, who lived in inhumane conditions due to the industrialized poverty. Hull House was a center of culture, advocacy, and education in a time when there were no public social Jane Addams

programs were addressed to help immigrants or

people living in poverty. Addams started working with a group of middle-class women concerned with the well being of children. Addam’s work was distinctive and groundbreaking. She did not work motivated by charity, or a need for being a missionary, she lived and worked with, not for, the people in the neighborhood (Griffith, 2009). In her writings, Addams addressed injustices of her time and advocated for democracy. According to her biographer, Katherine Joslin, “over the twenty years between 1910 and 1930, [Addams] came to see art and the possibilities of imagination as hopefully as she had seen society and the possibilities of the intellect in her relative youth” (Joslin, 2004). 1

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WOH research  

A Comparative Study of Two Great Arts-Based Community Projects

WOH research  

A Comparative Study of Two Great Arts-Based Community Projects

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