Jane Addams: Spirit in Action

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
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In this landmark biography, Jane Addams becomes America's most admired and most hated woman—and wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a leading statesperson in an era when few imagined such possibilities for women. In this fresh interpretation, the first full biography of Addams in nearly forty years, Louise W. Knight shows Addams's boldness, creativity, and tenacity as she sought ways to put the ideals of democracy into action. Starting in Chicago as a co-founder of the nation's first settlement house, Hull House—a community center where people of all classes and ethnicities could gather—Addams became a grassroots organizer and a partner of trade unionists, women, immigrants, and African Americans seeking social justice. In time she emerged as a progressive political force; an advocate for women's suffrage; an advisor to presidents; a co-founder of civil rights organizations, including the NAACP; and a leader for international peace. Written as a fast-paced narrative, Jane Addams traces how one woman worked with others to make a difference in the world.
 

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A masterful biography of Jane Addams, a reformer who worked from the nineteenth century into the twentieth. Addams was raised by rich and cultured parents, but she yearned to minister to the poor ... Read full review

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JANE ADDAMS
Jane two in a half years old stands at the door.Her mother is inside, but now one will let her in, and she is desperate.She pounded on the door with her fist.then she here's her
mother say, let her in she is only a baby herself, and the door opens. She runs to her mother, who is in bed, and receives tender words; a gentle hand reaches out to comfert her. The mother, Sarah Webster addams, had a serious accident the night before. Seven monthe's pregnant, she had gone out on a cold January night to help a neighbor give birth to a child and had fallen on her way up a icy hill. Though she attended the birth, collapsed soon after from internal bleeding the next day. She began premature Labor, and the day after that she gave birth to a still born daughter rhen she slipped into unconsciousness. 

Contents

Chapter One DREAMER
3
Chapter Two FREEDOM SEEKER
35
Chapter Three ACTIVIST
65
Chapter Four POLITICAL ETHICIST
104
Chapter Five POLITICIAN
144
Chapter Seven AMBASSADOR
224
Acknowledgments
273
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Louise W. Knight is a writer and consultant to nonprofits and a former college administrator. The author of Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy, she lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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