Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy

Book - 2005
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"Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This biography reveals her early development as a political activist and social philosopher in detail and with deep appreciation for motive and character. In Citizen, we observe the powerful mind of a woman encountering the radical ideas of her age, most notably the ever-changing meanings of democracy." "The book covers the first half of Addams's life - the years of her becoming - from 1860 to 1899. Louise W.
Knight recounts how Addams, a child of rural northern Illinois and a wealthy family, longed for a life of large purpose, broadened her horizons through education, reading, and travel, and, after receiving an inheritance upon her father's death, moved to Chicago in 1889 to cofound Hull House, the city's first settlement house. Citizen shows vividly what the settlement house was - a neighborhood center for education and social gatherings and a locus for organizing political and social
reforms - and describes how Addams learned of the abject working conditions in American factories, the unchecked power wielded by employers, the impact of corrupt local politics on city services, and the intolerable limits placed on women by their lack of the vote. These experiences, Knight makes clear, were transforming for Addams. Always a believer in democracy as an abstraction, Addams came to understand that this national ideal was also a life philosophy and a mandate for civic
activism by all."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005
ISBN: 0226446999 (cloth : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: B ADDAMS
Characteristics: xvi, 582 p. : ill., ports ; 24 cm

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