Hull House

Hull House

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  • I can't wait to come back to America and tell them of the wonders of Europe!
  • Terrible living conditions
  • There are bigger problems here
  • I will create a settlement home called Hull House that will provide shelter for poor immigrant families who come to the city in great numbers for work.
  • Sept. 1889
  • Chicago
  • We will provide cooking and sewing lessons and free lectures on topics for the children
  •  Hull house opened as a kindergarten but soon expanded to include a day nursery and an infancy care center
  • Single working women were allowed to live at the house, where they helped with day-to-day activities and learning skills to prepare them for the work field
  • Through increased donations, more buildings were purchased, and Hull House became a complex, containing a gymnasium, social and cooperative clubs, shops, housing for children, and playgrounds
  • Adams wanted justice for immigrants & blacks, advocated research aimed at determining the causes of poverty &crime, & supported women suffrage. In 1910 she became the 1st woman president of the National Conference of Social Work
  • The women of Hull House were responsible for numerous labor laws, the beginnings of the juvenile court system, the enforcement of housing and sanitation laws, the improvement of school systems, the legal protection of immigrants, and women's suffrage
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