Important and Rare Autographed Letter Signed

KELLEY, Florence (1859 - 1932)

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Place Published: Chicago
Date Published: 1897

Description: 1 page on "Hull House" stationery, 9.5 x 5.75 inches, Chicago, February 11, 1897. Written to noted physician to the poor, Dr. Robert Braun, discussing her difficulties in having reform articles published, in small part: "...It is difficult to avoid the American diffusiveness but that will grow up by degrees and I will spare no effort to get the original sources and to make my articles strictly scientific. It will not be so difficult in the future as in the case of the preceding articles, because I had already printed so much matter in my reports which, therefore, was not available; yet I feel so strongly on these subjects that it is not easy to write as an interpreter. The temptation is too strong towards writing as advocate of certain measures of reform. But those local papers are now finished and objectivity will be easier henceforth..." At the time Kelley wrote this letter, she was Chief Factory Inspector for the State of Illinois and though appointed by the Governor, she had difficulty publishing her findings exposing sweatshop abuses and violations of the child labor laws. Several newspapers were reluctant to publish her findings especially when many of the worse abusers were some of the biggest advertisers in their journals. Natural folds; small crease in the upper left corner. Very good(+) condition.

Comments: Social reformer who fought against sweatshops, championed children's rights and who successfully legislated for a minimum wage and the eight hour work day. She was the first woman appointed a factory inspector to enforce labor safety codes. Her friend at Hull House, Jane Addams, called her "the toughest customer in the reform riot, the finest rough and tumble fighter for the good life for others that Hull House ever knew."

Signed: Y
Binding: unbound
Language: English
Type: Autographs

Book ID: 222026


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