Speech to Hull House Woman's Club on Immigration, November 23, 1905 (excerpt)



Miss Jane Addams Declares Proper Distribution of Aliens in the Greatest Difficulty.

Chicago, Nov. 23. -- "During the coal strike scores of Italian families living near Hull House found it cheaper to return to Italy for the winter than to live in Chicago," declared Miss Jane Addams in an address on Immigration before the Hull House Woman's Club.

"For $18 an Italian can buy a ticket that will take him from Polk Street to Naples in 22 days.

"Our main immigration problem is the proper distribution of these alien people. For example, we never succeeded in keeping the Italians on farms at our colony in Daphne, Ala. until we adopted the Italian method of grouping their homes in a little village. They cannot stand the dreary isolation of the American farm house."

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