Book SignedJane Addams. “Twenty Years at Hull House.” New York: Macmillan and Company, 1910. First edition. Inscribed and signed byJane Addams. on the front end page. Maroon cloth cover with gilt detail and a color plate image of Hull House, gilt spine. Wear and small losses to image on front cover, loss to upper left corner of spine. Cracks on inside front and back hindges. Portrait frontispiece of the author.
Jane Addams' global advocacy for women's economic, educational, and social equality made her the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In her autobiography Twenty Years at Hull-House, Addams recounts her domestic activism as the founder of the second and most innovative settlement house in the U.S. Originally conceived in 1889 as a space where women of privilege could share their knowledge in humanistic fields such as art, literature, and music with the less fortunate, Hull House rapidly transformed into a community support system where working women could learn practical job skills, obtain medical and legal services, and locate affordable housing. Addams' two decades working in inner-city Chicago ultimately inspired her to take a global approach to advocacy; and she founded the Women's League for Peace and Freedom in addition to serving as President of the Woman's Peace Party.