Social and cultural centers established by reformers in slum areas of American cities during the 1890s and the early 1900s. Jane Addams founded the most famous settlement house, in Chicago. (See Progressive movement.)
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Settlement houses attracted idealistic college graduates eager to learn how the poor lived and to improve the condition of the poor.
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