Monday, August 24, 2009

Essay: "The Devil Baby at Hull House." Jane Addams. 1916.

10-second review: A rumor that a devil baby is at Hull House brings many women to see what they believe to be retribution for some domestic sin committed by a man against a woman or child. The stories of most of these women are of unrelieved tragedy at the hands of their husbands.

Quote: “…the eternal patience of those humble toiling women who through the generations have been held of little value, save as their drudgery ministered to their men.” p. 79.

Comment: The problem of the rights of women in a man's world. The women interviewed in this essay are bitter, and even wish for death. RayS.

Best American Essays of the Century. Editors: Oates and Atwan. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. 2000.

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