In this speech to the National Conference on Charities and Correction meeting in Boston, Addams discusses the qualities that attract people to social work as an occupation and as a way of life, dedicated to the greater good of society.
Addams discusses how social movements can help alleviate vice, providing examples such as crusades against diseases and organized opposition to the white slave trade. This is the final article in a five-part series, which would ultimately be published as A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil later in the year.
Addams apologizes for inaccurate information about the Socialist Party's endorsement of woman suffrage, which the Progressive Party circulated. The editor of the Appeal to Reason comments both before and after the published version of her letter.
Passages taken from Addams book "Newer Ideas of Peace," in which she argues against war on the grounds that it is something that is beneath the ideas of modern man, something not to be admired, and a waste of time and energy.