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Hull-House In The Progressive Era: People, Places, and Ideas, 1890-1930
 
by Rima Lunin Schultz

This is a lesson plan to provide students with the historical context for a discussion of the variety of child welfare reforms initiated by Progressive-era social activists. These reforms included the campaign to abolish child labor, the creation of a juvenile justice system separate from the criminal justice bureaucracy, the establishment of small parks and recreation centers and the introduction of visual and performing arts in school curricula.
  Progressive Ideas About Children
  Prevention and Rehabilitation: Chicago's Juvenile Court
     
Improving the Physical Space Where Working-Class and Immigrant Children Lived and Played
 
by Rima Lunin Schultz

The following section explores the physical space in which working-class and immigrant children lived and played. Many of the newest immigrants lived east of Halsted Street, between Harrison Street on the north and Roosevelt Road on the south. They clustered in groups with others from their homelands and found work as unskilled laborers, in the sweatshops and factories of the garment trade, in the large factory complex of the McCormick Reaper Company, and in the seasonal work for the railroads, lumberyards, and other industries that were part of the expanding industrial center of Chicago. In 1870, Chicago's population was just under 300,000, of which 48 percent were foreign born. Ten years later, in 1880, the population had almost doubled and 41 percent were foreign born. Ten years later, in 1890, the population had doubled again and was more than 1,000,000, and 41 percent were foreign born. The municipality was not prepared to provide services for the newcomers; the housing market could hardly keep up with the demand; without planning, neighborhoods like the one near Hull-House were congested and chaotic without room for children to play.
  Play Space for Children
     
Studying Twenty Years At Hull-House
 
  Twenty Years at Hull-House with Autobiographical Notes (1910)
  Reading the Autobiographical Chapters of Twenty Years at Hull-House
  Reading "First Days at Hull-House"
  Illustrating Twenty Years at Hull-House
  Publishing Twenty Years at Hull-House