Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy: A Life

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Basic Books, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 329 pages
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The founder of the famed Chicago institution Hull House and first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize has for too long been misunderstood as a mere "do-gooder," argues Jean Bethke Elshtain in this eagerly anticipated new interpretation of the life and work of Jane Addams. Like her biographer, Addams (1860-1935) was a quintessential "public intellectual." Under her hand, Hull House became a cultural and intellectual center, a place where beauty was served, where University of Chicago professors lectured and debate and discussion filled the auditorium.Elshtain examines Addams's life chronologically and thematically, exploring Addams's embrace of "social feminism" and her challenge to the usual cleavage between "conservative" and "liberal"-themes Elshtain brilliantly explores in her own writings. Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy is a rich and revealing portrait of one of the most extraordinary figures in American history.

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User Review  - Nan - Goodreads

Waaay too academic. Ground this amazing woman's story down to a boring halt. Read full review

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User Review  - Aiesha - Goodreads

A very intellectual read and biased to boot but definitely enlightening about a wonderful woman we would be well served to remember and even emulate... Read full review

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Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. Among her many books are "Just War against Terror" and "Women and War".

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