We fatuously hoped that we might pluck from the human tragedy itself a consciousness of a common destiny which should bring its own healing, that we might extract from life's very misfortunes a power of cooperation which should be effective against them.
Jane Addams (1860–1935), U.S. social worker and social reformer. Twenty Years at Hull-House, ch. 7 (1910).
Addams, the white middle-class cofounder twenty-one years earlier of the first American "Settlement House"—Hull-House—in a Chicago tenement district, was recalling her and her colleagues' idealistic, naive early expectations.