A Group Support and Workshop Center
Amanda Johnson, a young graduate from the University of Wisconsin, worked at Hull House
as a settlement worker. In 1895 Jane Addams, who at that time was garbage inspector for the
nineteenth ward, appointed Amanda as her deputy. Together the two of them would begin
their day at six in the morning and follow the garbage wagons to the dump, arrest slum
landlords and complain to City Hall. They became famous for their attack on garbage and
disease in the ward.
At the age of seventy-two Amanda shares her memories of working with Jane Addams,
the “saint of Chicago,” the ups and downs of running Hull House and their fight against
prejudice and poverty in Chicago.