How do we know or identify privilege?

Title

Charitable Effort

Author

Addams, Jane

Type

Reading

Overview

In this essay from Democracy and Social Ethics, originally published in 1902, Jane Addams, founder of Chicago's Hull House and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, focuses on the "the…

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Title

Beverly Hills, Chicago

Author

Brooks, Gwendolyn

Type

Reading

Overview

Renowned for her "small... terse portraits of the Black urban poor" (Richard K. Barksdale), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gwendolyn Brooks here showcases the disparity created by social class…

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Title

Child of the Romans

Author

Sandburg, Carl

Type

Reading

Overview

This poem was written in 1912 by Pullitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) as part of his series on Chicago. Besides being a prolific and gifted writer, Sandburg worked at the Chicago Daily…

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Title

Theme for English B

Author

Hughes, Langston

Type

Reading

Overview

Langston Hughes was one of the foremost writers of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, a movement which, in the words of Du Bose Heyward, "dignif[ied] Harlem with a genuine art life." Hughes'…

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Title

The Shopping-Bag Lady

Author

Gregg, Linda

Type

Reading

Overview

In this poem, from Gregg's book Alma (1985), the narrator reflects on a murder victim—one of the anonymous urban women who "carry all they own in bags." Describing the…

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