Eleanor Smith’s Hull House Songs

The Music of Protest and Hope in Jane Addams’s Chicago


In Eleanor Smith’s Hull House Songs : The Music of Protest and Hope in Jane Addams’s Chicago, the author-editors republish Hull House Songs (1916), together with critical commentary. Hull-House Songs contains five politically engaged compositions written by the Hull-House music educator, Eleanor Smith. The commentary that accompanies the folio includes an examination of Smith’s poetic sources and musical influences; a study of Jane Addams’s aesthetic theories; and a complete history of the arts at Hull-House. Through this focus upon aesthetic and cultural programs at Hull-House, the author-editors identify the external, and internalized, forces of domination (class position, racial identity, patriarchal disenfranchisement) that limited the work of the Hull-House women, while also recovering the sometimes hidden emancipatory possibilities of their legacy.

Contributors are: Graham Cassano, Jessica Payette, Rima Lunin Schultz and Jocelyn Zelasko.
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Biographical Note

Graham Cassano is an associate professor of sociology at Oakland University. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1991. He is the author of A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 (Brill, 2014). Rima Lunin Schultz’s website, Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and Its Neighborhoods 1889-1963 interprets the history of Jane Addams’s settlement house. Formerly assistant director at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, she is the editor, with Adele Hast, of Women Building Chicago 1790 1990: A Biographical Dictionary (Indiana University Press, 2001). Jessica Payette is an associate professor of musicology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in musicology and humanities from Stanford University in 2008. Her publications focus on fin-de-siècle Vienna and twentieth-century opera and ballet.

Table of contents

Jessica Payette, Graham Cassano, and Rima Lunin Schultz
(Reproduction of 1915 Folio published by Clayton F. Summy Co)

1 Hull House Songs and the “Public”
Graham Cassano and Jessica Payette
“A Moral Revolution”
Addams, Sympathy and the Public
Source to Song
Smith’s Music: From the “I” to the “We”
Finding Her Voice

2 Hull House Songs and Jane Addams’s Aesthetic Politics Graham Cassano
The Spirit of Youth: Against the Culture Industry
The Long Road of Women’s Memory: The Devil Baby
Coda: On “white slavery,” Black culture, and Gershwin

3 Eleanor Smith’s Operettas For Children
Jessica Payette
The Romantic German Operatic Tradition: Gesamtkunstwerk and Märchenoper
The Collaborative Artistic Networks of Women in Chicago
The Trolls’ Holiday
A Fable in Flowers and The Merman’s Bride

4 Eleanor Smith and Her Circle: Female Patronage, Cultural Production, and Friendship at Hull-House
Rima Lunin Schultz
The Biographies of Eleanor Smith and Her Circle
The Settlement Spirit and Female Friendship
The Settlement Idea and Educational Objectives

5 Cultural Pedagogy at Hull-House: Shaping Ethical Behavior through Performance
Rima Lunin Schultz
Cultural Work and Religion at Hull-House
Hegemonic European Christian Art as "Ethical Culture"
The Cultural Work of Edith de Nancrede
Searching for A Democratic Pedagogy: The Evolution of the Labor Museum
Ellen Gates Starr and The Contradictions of Art and Labor
Jane Addams and Industrial Education: Contextualizing Factory Work and Elevating Craft at the Labor Museum

6 Democratizing Culture and Mediating Class: The Arts at Hull-House, 1889-1945
Rima Lunin Schultz
The Progressive Movement (1880-1920) and Jane Addams
Theories of Art, Labor, and Culture and the Butler Art Gallery Experiment on Halsted Street (1891-95)
The Short Career of the Butler Art Gallery (1891-1896)
Theater as Social Work: Theater for the People or the People's Theater
[After] Jane Addams: Cultural Production at Hull-House during the New Deal Era’s Popular and Cultural Fronts (1934-1943)
The Revitalization of Art and Politics
The Lilac Ball: Integrating Neighbors
Conclusion: The Labor Museum at Hull-House Revisited

7 Hull-House and “Jim Crow”
Rima Lunin Schultz

8 Eleanor Smith’s Hull House Songs: A Singer’s Perspective
Jocelyn Zelasko

Embodiment of Empathy
The Sweat-Shop
The Shadow Child
Land of the Noonday Night
Suffrage Song

APPENDIX: Libretto for The Trolls’ Holiday by Harriet Monroe


All interested in the history of American music, early twentieth-century women composers, and anyone concerned with the sociology of the arts, and with the history of Hull-House in Chicago.