We accept their labor in the building of our railroads. We accept their muscle in our factories, in the doing of our heavy work. We accept all these things from them and yet, unless we watch out, we are going to miss from them some of the best things they can give us, their long reserve of experience in lines such as we do not have. Unless we take some pains to teach them somewhat of our language and learn somewhat of theirs, a whole generation is
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Jane Addams saw clearly that immigrants were not the cause of industrial problems but were instead its victims. When she selected the location for her settlement, Addams chose a vibrant ethnic neighborhood with immigrants from a variety of countries.
y to broaden American horizons and enrich our culture.
This was a controversial view in a time when immigrants were often tarred as criminals, radicals, and degenerates
Working-class Americans feared that immigrants would take their jobs, because factory owners would hire them at cheaper wages than Americans were willing to work
Addams speeches on immigrants and immigration offer the best avenue to understanding her views on the role that immigrants could play in American life
e. Her efforts to change the way that Americans reacted to immigrants, to reform their views and educate them went side by side with the work that Hull-House did to help immigrants assimilate into Chicago
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