THE word "settlement" is fast becoming familiar to the American public, although the first settlement, Toynbee Hall, in East London, was established so late as 1885. Canon Barnett, the founder, urged as the primal ideal that a group of University men should reside in the poorer quarter of London for the sake of influencing the people there toward better local governrnent and a wider social and intellectual life.
Since 1889 more than twenty settlements have been established in America. Some of these are associated with various institutional features, but the original idea of a group of "residents" must always remain the essential factor.
The residents of Hull-House offer these maps and papers to the public, not as exhaustive treatises, but as recorded observations which may possibly be of value, because they are immediate, and the result of long acquaintance. All the writers have been in actual residence in Hull-House, some of them for five years; their energies, however, have been chiefly directed, not towards sociological investigation, but to constructive work.
The colors in Charles Booth's wage maps of London have been retained; and, as in his appended essays, each writer is responsible for the statements appearing over his own signature.
After this explanation it is needless to add that the following papers do not deal with settlement methods or results, but simply record certain phases of neighborhood life with which the writers have become most familiar.
The appendix to the volume is a mere cursory review of the present activities of Hull-House.
335 So. Halsted Sreet, Chicago.
From Jane Addams, Hull House Maps and Papers, "Prefatory Note." New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1895, pp. vii-viii.
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