THE REFORMERS

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"The Settlement Houses ... is an experimental effort to aid in the solution of the social and industrial problems which are engendered by the modern conditions of life in a great city. It insists that these problems are not confined to any one portion of the city. It is an attempt to relieve, at the same time, the over accumulation at one end of society and the destitution at the other ..."

-Jane Addams

Jane Addams- A warm soul

Well I must say for myself, I am one of the key leaders in the progressive Era who fought for immigrant and poor rights and eventually the nation. I am the founder of the Hull House, which aimed at giving immigrants Skills for jobs as well as providing residences, social halls, and clubs for immigrants to gather.


I believe in an individual's obligation to help his or her community, but also I think the government could help make Americans' lives safer and healthier. In my childhood experiences, it taught me the importance of helping those worse off then myself.


That's why after the Hull house came affected, I also pushed creation of a juvenile-court system. Because they were cold and hungry, immigrant children sometimes broke the law. If they were arrested and found guilty, these youths could be sent to jail with hardened adult criminals.


So partly because of my efforts, the juvenile court heard cases involving young offenders. If found guilty, they were placed in the care of probation officers or sent to a clean detention center. The first probation officers were the Hull House staff members.



Civil Rights era

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"I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."



-Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK- The King himself

Why, I agree with you Miss Addams, you are an important leader to us all, especially as a women, I must say that takes a lot of courage and stubbornness so that others don't bring you down. You are one mighty women, fighting and standing for justice because others won't. As am I a great leader too, Miss Addams, I am very sure you are aware, or if not, my most famous speech might ring a bell as it starts off as "I had a dream..".


My purpose was to be there where ever there was injustice, where ever there was protest, and where ever there was action taken, I was their leader, their guide through all this darkness.


I do no harm; I believe nonviolence is the answer, because fists wont get us anywhere. I'm sure you agree with me Miss Addams. As you already know, I'm doing something no one else will do. As in my own words, "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it."


But my peaceful forms of protest were often met with vicious threats, arrests, beatings, and worse. My philosophy of "tough-mindedness and tenderheartedness" was not only highly effective, but it gave the civil rights movement an inspiring moral authority and grace.


Dear Mr. Luther,

Oh what a nice surprise, having one of the most honorable man praising me for the little actions I took. Why, you have done more than any other soul would do to have equality among the whites and the colored.


It wasn't just that you became the leader of the civil rights movement that made you so extraordinary—it was the way in which you led the movement. You did marches, boycotts, strikes, and voter-registration drives, and refused to obey laws that you knew were wrong and unjust. Just like how I feel about children having to go to jail just because they were too poor and so hungry that they had to steal food to stay alive.


You are a true inspiration, MLK.


-Jane Addams


Miss Addams,

Why thank you for your kindness, but I'm just a human being fighting for what needs to be fixed. You are also an inspiration, I must say. You did not sit back and let people to suffer, you instead opened Hull House and provided a day care center for the working poor and working mothers. You also gave classes in English literacy, art, and other subjects.



Hull House gave them an opportunity to use their education and it provided a training ground for careers in social work. You also joined Women's Suffrage on top of all.


We need more people like you in this earth, and a little praising from others is sometimes a little appreciation we show our gratitude on your hard work. Thank you Miss Addams, I hope to converse with you again soon.


-MLK