The Settlement House Movement and the assassination of Andrew Garfield


Jane Addams was a Suffragette and a Philanthropist who crusaded to build settlement houses in all of America’s big cities to help immigrants and the poor. Hull House in Chicago was built in 1889 and by 1911 it had grown to 13 buildings.

 Read this excerpt from Addams’ “The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements” and contemplate:

1) Why does Addams believe that the Gilded Age city needed Settlement Houses?

2) Why would immigrants and the poor rely on private acts of charity during the Gilded Age? Hint: think Laissez-Faire.

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The Settlement House Movement and the assassination of Andrew Garfield

According to Jane Addams, establishing social settlements in American cities during the Gilded Age would satisfy two needs. At first, during this age, there was a rapidly growing number of immigrants in American cities, and establishing Settlement Houses would help them in adjusting to life in a big city. Addams believed that society should respect immigrants’ traditions and values and help them adjust to their new lives in American institutions. Additionally, she argued that many socially favored and educated young people living in American cities needed to use their energies to serve others; thus, she supported the idea of Settlement Houses because they would benefit both the favored and the poor……………for help with this assignment contact us via email Address:

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