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Jane Addams: socialized education: Jane Addams’ (1910) discussion of the educational contribution of social settlements – Chapter XVIII of Twenty Years at Hull House.

Jane Addams: The subjective necessity for social settlements. This important piece exploring the motives of settlement house workers was first published in 1892 and later appeared as chapter six of Twenty Years at Hull House (1910).

Henrietta O. Barnett – What has the Charity Organisation Society to do with social reform? “Might not—may not charitable effort be organised to remove some of the social conditions which stand as barriers to prevent, or anyhow make it painfully difficult for … people to live the highest, fullest, richest life?”

Samuel A. Barnett – Practictable socialism.  “Facing, then, the whole position, we see that among the majority of Englishmen life is poor; that among the few life is made rich. The thoughts stored in books, the beauty rescued from nature and preserved in pictures, the intercourse made possible by means of steam loco­motion, stir powers in the few which lie asleep in the many. If it be true, as the poet says, that men live by admiration,’ it is the few who live, for it is they who know that which is worth admiration”.

Samuel Barnett – University Settlements: Samuel A. Barnett’s (1898) review of the contribution of university and social settlements.

Educational Settlements Association – Community Education. This 1938 publication provides an insight into the work of educational settlements at the time.

Working girls’ clubs. Emmeline Pethick (1898) reflects on early, feminist, and highly innovative work with girls and young women. She was later to be one of the central organizers of the Women’s Social and Political Union.

Will Reason: Settlement and education. Overview of educational provision in early university and social settlements (1898).

Robert A. Woods (1899) University settlements: their point and drift. In this important piece, Woods reflects on the development of settlement work in the United States and argues for the fostering of association, co-operation and common welfare.

Robert A. Woods (1912) The recovery of the parish. Originally an address, this piece makes a strong argument for neighbourhood fellowship and association and looks to role that churches can, and should, play in their cultivation.

Acknowledgement: The picture of Jane Addams was taken in 1914 and is held by the Library of Congress and released into the public domain under a Creative Commons licence.