Tuesday, November 11, 2014
We fatuously hoped that we might pluck from the human tragedy itself a consciousness of a common destiny which should bring its own healing, that we might extract from life's very misfortunes a power of cooperation which should be effective against them.
Jane Addams (1860-1935), U.S. social worker and social reformer. Twenty Years at Hull-House, ch. 7 (1910).
Addams, the white middle-class cofounder twenty-one years earlier of the first American "Settlement House"Hull-Housein a Chicago tenement district, was recalling her and her colleagues' idealistic, naive early expectations.