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This reader features the most influential and insightful writings of Grace Abbott (1878–1939), a tireless and brilliant social reformer in the early twentieth century. These writings contributed to the development of social programs that safeguarded mothers and children, protected immigrants from abuse, and rescued child laborers from the appalling conditions of the time. Framed by reminiscences and observations on her life by her sister, Edith Abbott, and other important historical figures, these writings recapture a critical turning point—and a significant voice—in the never-ending struggle for social justice in this nation.
 
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter said he did not believe that “the American experience would disclose a finer illustration of the rare art of public administration” than Abbott and urged that her work be recorded for posterity. In Abbott's case, this “art” meant making life better and making real change possible for countless immigrants, women, and children. The Grace Abbott Reader, the first collection of Abbott’s stirring words, shows that the causes she pursued with fiery conscience and fierce determination are as relevant in our day as they were in hers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxi
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  1. Edith Abbott and “A Sister’s Memories”
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvi
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  1. Grace Abbott: A Biographical Timeline
  2. pp. xxvii-xxxv
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  1. Part I: Immigrants
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Introduction: Hull House Days
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 1. The Immigrant Girl
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. 2. The Education of Foreigners in American Citizenship
  2. pp. 10-17
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  1. 3. The Immigrant as a Problem in Community Planning
  2. pp. 18-24
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  1. 4. Problems of the Immigrant Girl
  2. pp. 25-30
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  1. Part II: Children
  2. pp. 31-32
  1. Introduction: The Maternity and Infancy Revolution
  2. pp. 33-38
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  1. 5. A Constitutional Amendment
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. 6. Public Protection for Children
  2. pp. 43-49
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  1. 7. Perpetuating May Day
  2. pp. 50-52
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  1. 8. The Next Steps
  2. pp. 53-56
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  1. 9. Boarding Out
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. 10. The Challenge of Child Welfare
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. 11. The Real American Vice
  2. pp. 63-67
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  1. 12. The Washington Traffic Jam
  2. pp. 68-71
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  1. 13. Why Did Child Labor Ever Develop in America?
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. 14. Promoting the Welfare of All Children
  2. pp. 74-76
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  1. 15. Children and the Depression
  2. pp. 77-80
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  1. Part III: Women
  2. pp. 81-82
  1. Introduction: How Women Achieve in Government
  2. pp. 83-86
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  1. 16. Dorothea Dix
  2. pp. 87-93
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  1. 17. Women
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. 18. The Changing Position of Women in Government
  2. pp. 96-104
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. Source Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 107-110
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 111-122
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 123-128
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 129-132
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803219007
MARC Record
OCLC
298456395
Pages
220
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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