Edwin D. Starbuck to Jane Addams, April 7, 1914

American Unitarian Association


April 7, 1914.

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
Chicago, Illinois.

Dear Madam, --

There is something new happening in the world and we covet your assistance in having it happen right. The American Unitarian Association is putting out a new series of books for practical religious instruction. From the year 15 on through to the early 20's we hope to build elective courses. One of these is a series of four or five years' work in the social aspects of religion. On the enclosed sheet I have side-scored those topics which, so far as we can see now, might fairly enter into such a course. To what extent are these correct? You have lived in this kind of thing so intimately that you can speak with greater authority than most persons. For the year 15 the volume might be something, perhaps, like Charles F. Dole's "Citizen and Neighbor", but simplified and amplified and made more interesting and attractive to young men and young women of that age. From that time on, what should constitute the work of the different years to make it unified and progressive until it culminates in a sympathetic appreciation of the problems of religious citizenship? And, furthermore, who would be the persons who could prepare the volumes so that they would be not only scholarly but possess, in addition, high literary merit and, withal, be so vitalized with the spirit of civic and social activity that they will stir the [page 2] sentiments and move the will?

We shall appreciate it warmly if you will allow us to share the results of your rich years of experience in this field so that we may do the supremely right thing.

Yours sincerely,

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