The Education of Jane Addams

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 30, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 421 pages
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The Education of Jane Addams traces, with unprecedented care, Addams's three-decade journey from a privileged prairie girlhood through her years as the competent spinster daughter in a demanding family after her father's death to her early seasoning on the Chicago reform scene. It weaves her spiritual struggles with Christianity into her political struggles with elitism and her emotional struggles with intimacy. Finally, it reveals the logic of her journey to Chicago and makes biographical sense of the political and personal choices she made once she arrived there. The founder of Chicago's Hull-House and, later, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is portrayed here as a complicated young woman who summoned the energy to pursue public life, the honesty to admit her own arrogance, and the imagination to see joy in collective endeavor.

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In a remarkably insightful biographical treatment of Addams's coming of age, Brown shows how Addams struggled, in the context of her relations with family & friends and of the ideas of the time, to discover how best to be useful in the world. Read full review

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Victoria Bissell Brown is Associate Professor of History at Grinnell College.

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