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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.
Public Domain (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers interprets the stilted prose composed a century ago into something very listenable." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By AR on 04-03-18

Educating

How the struggles of the yester years are so relevant still! How they solved it but how will we?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sue Michaelsen on 01-26-18

Time very well spent.

Ms. Adams was an extraordinary human being and she continues to inspire us. I will certainly listen to this book again.

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