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Addams, Jane)

Hull-House Block News.


(Addams, Jane) Hull-House Block News. Friday, June 16, 1939. Vol. III, no. 3. [Chicago]: [Hull-House], 1939.
4to.; blue illustrated wrappers, stapled; front wrapper illustration signed "A. Cross"; small tear at upper left margin; printed on rectos only.
First edition of this mimeographed publication, which is a record of the activities at Hull-House four years after the death of its founder, Jane Addams. The attendance record indicates the number of participants registered for each of the programs and organizations within the settlement house: Adult Education, Club House, Community Relations, Art Department, Main Desk and Mary Crane, Music School, Library, Theatre, and Outside Organizations. Most of the pamphlet is devoted to discussing maintenance and property issues, and providing information on the activities of Hull-House residents ("Mrs. Bazley entertained about seventy-five women from Waukegan at a spaghetti luncheon at the Commons on Friday, June 9") and their upcoming speaking engagements.
Hull-House was founded by Addams and Ellen Gates Starr in 1889 and was one of the first settlement houses in the U.S. Its mission was to provide social and educational resources to the urban Chicago community, which consisted largely of immigrants and working-class citizens, by offering free classes, lectures, and concerts, led by volunteers, or "residents," as they came to be known. Hull-House advocated legislative reforms at the municipal, state and federal levels, championing issues such as child labor, women's suffrage, and the national immigration policy. Hull-House was instrumental in the creation of Chicago's first public playground and bathhouse, and their pursuit of legal reforms led to the establishment of the first juvenile court in the U.S. At the state level, Hull House influenced legislation on child labor laws, occupational safety, compulsory education, immigrant rights, and pension laws. Addams ran Hull-House up until her death in 1935. OCLC and RLG locate no other copies of this particular Hull-House publication, though bulletins from previous years are available.

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