Cloth $47.50 ISBN: 9780226095011 Published March 1990


Settlement Folk

Social Thought and the American Settlement Movement, 1885-1930

Mina Carson

Settlement Folk

Mina Carson

294 pages | © 1990
Cloth $47.50 ISBN: 9780226095011 Published March 1990
Mina Carson deftly merges social and intellectual history to reconsider the settlement movement—its Anglo-American roots and evolution, its conflicts and accomplishments. Carson focuses her study on the careers and ideas of settlement founders and leaders, among them Jane Addams, Robert Woods, Mary Simkhovitch, Lillian Wald, and Graham Taylor. She demonstrates how these influential, often charismatic leaders appropriated and adapted certain Victorian values—such as the Social Gospel and the religion of character—to their visions of urban reform through action and experimentation.

These extraordinary individuals left an enduring legacy of beliefs about professional and voluntary responsibility for welfare services. As Carson shows, however, their genius for image creation and their myriad connections with other intellectual and social leaders extended the influence of the settlement ideology in many directions: fostering new attitudes toward the American city and the equality of the sexes, initiating a new social-scientific approach to social problems, and shaping the self-definition of the American educated middle class.
Prologue: The English Background
1. The Transit to America: Liberal Christianity and the Liberal Arts
2. American Founders
3. Moving In
4. The Settlers Look Outward: Housing, Health, and Labor
5. Leaders and Followers
6. Immigrants and Culture
7. Settlement Work and Social Work
8. Politics, War, and the Meaning of Progressivism
9. The Settlements' Search for Normalcy
10. Whither the Settlements?
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