THE NECESSITY FOR LEADERSHIP IN THE AMERICANIZATION MOVEMENT
MISS JANE ADDAMS
Miss Jane Addams' address on "The Necessity for Leadership in the Americanization Movement" was a thoughtful and stimulating discussion of the present-day situation among the foreigners in our midst. We must discriminate between immigrants from the different sections of Europe, for they are utterly unlike -- in language, customs, religion and tradition. We must have some appreciation of their national and racial history before we can hope to understand or assimilate them.
Their present great anxiety and great uncertainty about the fate of their friends in Europe -- especially the Russians -- is the cause of much of the unrest among foreigners in this country today. Friendly sympathy and tangible relief offered now would cement bonds of sympathy and friendship which would engender a desirable attitude on their part towards this country. Lack of understanding has caused police intervention in more than one quite innocent discussion of affairs in their native country, and has given rise to injustice and its inevitable resentment.