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Webisode 10: Yearning to Breathe Free
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Jane Addams
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Jane Addams turned Hull House into a place where middle-class and poor residents could learn from one another. See It Now - Jane Addams At Hull House people could get care for their children, learn to speak English, take painting lessons, go to a concert, exercise in a gym, or act on a stage. Check The Source - Hull House Addams started clubs so working boys and girls could have fun and learn, too. She worked to get child-labor laws passed to make it illegal for children to work long days; Chicago built its first public playground because of her efforts. She helped establish the first juvenile court in the United States, so children who had committed crimes didn't have to be treated like adults. Jane became active in presidential campaigns and in a world peace movement, too. In 1931, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize—the first American woman to be so honored.


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Hull House expanded over an entire square block at Halsted and Polk streets, encompassing thirteen different buildings that encircled a playground for the neighborhood's children.


Did you know that Freedom is adapted from the award-winning Oxford University Press multi-volume book series, A History of US by Joy Hakim?



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