What is the appropriate response to privilege?

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The House (La Casa)

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Chilean poet and prose writer Gabriela Mistral (1899-1957) grew up in a small village in the Andes Mountains, whose beloved landscapes provide the setting of many of her poems. An…

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There Is No Greater Crime Than Leaving

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German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht presents us with a war poem that reduces friendship to its bare essentials. He emphasizes the role of choice in friendship--"He who cannot leave…

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The Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements

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In this sixth chapter of Twenty Years at Hull-House, published in 1892, Jane Addams makes a compelling case for settlement work--that is, for living and working among those in need. She…

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The Lovers of the Poor

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Renowned for her "small... terse portraits of the Black urban poor" (Richard K. Barksdale), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gwendolyn Brooks here presents a less than flattering portrait of a few representatives…

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The Eyes of the Poor

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Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) was a poet who assailed the boundaries of mid-nineteenth century French society with a revolutionary and often scandalous form of satire. He also placed a high value…