Chicago was tumultuous and exciting in 1889: Immigration, industrialization, urbanization, and politics created a vortex of change. This lively chaos called out for reform and celebration, and two women, Ellen Gates Starr and Jane Addams, responded to this challenge by founding the social settlement Hull-House (Addams 1910; see chapters 2, 3, 4, and 20 here). Addams has become world famous as a Nobel Laureate, 1 but Starr remains virtually unknown. In this anthology Starr's writings and biography are introduced for the first time as a contribution to national and international sociological thought and practice.