Laura Jane Addams: The Journey Of The Journey To The American Dream

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Throughout the world multitudes of individuals from different races, cultures, and backgrounds, strive to reach America for a dream, the American Dream. When striving to reach the American Dream countless immigrants sacrifice their lives, homes, and family, leaving everything behind in hopes of a better life, never imagining that in America it would also be grueling. Laura Jane Addams as a young child was given the entitlement of having nice clothes, food, a shelter, but most importantly a family. She chose to take the road which lead to promote philanthropy work and with pride changed the thoughts of numerous individuals.

Laura Jane Addams was born September 6, 1860 to Sarah Weber and John Huy Addams. Even though Jane’s mother had nine children
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She explained to her the idea which she had to help the less fortunate. Jane visited Toynbee Hall which was a settlement house which focuses on working towards a future without poverty. Jane planned to do the same in America. In January 1889, Jane and Ellen were in search of a house, they both jumped right into seeking financial support. After going through towns, cities and streets looking for a house they arrived at the West Side of Chicago and found a ramshackle two-story mansion, built by Charles Hull in 1856 (“Jane, Addams”; Fradin 60). At first, neighbors were unfriendly and skeptical, but eventually noticed the good in both ladies. A kindergarten and day nursery were established at Hull House, by the end of the year twenty volunteers lived at Hull House. University professors, business executives, wealthy people and students subsidized time and money to Hull House. Most of the people who worked with Jane in Hull House were well educated, Hull House gave them the opportunity to use their education and provide training for those in need. Jane wanted people to get an education, she once said “knowledge is the key and no one can take knowledge once you have it” (Fredrick). All the services that were provided amongst the immigrant community were essentially invaluable. Hull House also offered a musical school; vocational, recreational and cultural programs; classes in sewing, cooking, dressmaking, and millinery. Hull House nursed the sick, fed the hungry, and advised the confused immigrant

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