Jane Addams regarded as the two major undertakings of her life Hull-House, the social settlement that she founded, and the organization to promote peace efforts of which she was international president for twenty years, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. When, therefore, the centennial of her birth approached, it was natural for the peace workers to enlist the cooperation of the social and settlement workers for a united celebration in honor of this great American woman.
Among the many forms which the commemoration has taken is this volume--an anthology of selections from Miss Addams' writings. The able initiative for setting into motion the early plans was supplied by Carmelita Chase Hinton, chairman of the WILPF Centennial Committee. The extracts were chosen by several members of the WILPF with the objective of showing to new readers the sweep of the author's penetrating mind, the richness of her human sympathies, and the felicity of her English style. Some of the social problems to which Miss Addams addressed herself are now largely solved; the integrity, intelligence, and indomitability which she applied to her own world are undated principles of public service.
To point out the validity of Jane Addams' philosophy for today's problems the WILPF asked several persons distinguished in their