Jane Addams: A Biography

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - 140 pagina's

Jane Addams is best known as the founder of Hull-House, one of this country's first settlement houses, in the immigrant heart of late Victorian Chicago. This biography chronicles her privileged childhood in rural Illinois, her thirst for a first-class education, and her search for purpose and self-fulfillment, although constrained by notions of the proper role for females. It chronicles Addams' tireless work to better the lives of urban immigrants and her growing national and international role in social reform. The narrative of her family travails, deep friendships, reading, writing, travels, beliefs, and accolades and changing public perception of her causes is consummately woven with historical context of her times--from the Civil War Era to the Great Depression.

The range of Addams' concerns, of her active social and political involvement, is astonishing. She belonged to and helped to found many organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She championed women's suffrage and equality and believed in their moral strength in reform. At one point, she was cast in the role of middle class secular saint, and she became the most honored woman in the United States. As the United States entered World War I and later, Addams was called a dangerous radical and unchristian scoundrel and vilified for her outspoken pacifism and championing of free speech, human rights, and other progressive causes and groups. Her profound contributions to society began to be recognized again in the 1960s, and this biography reveals her greatness to a new generation.

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Beginnings
1
The Road to HullHouse
7
HullHouse and Hope
21
Widening Spheres
39
Outreachs
53
Peace and War
65
The Hopes of The Hague
77
Zurich 1919 and Beyond Faith Struggles
93
Rounding Out a Life
109
Conclusion
125
Bibliography
131
Index
137
Copyright

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Pagina 87 - Victory would mean peace forced upon the loser, a victor's terms imposed upon the vanquished. It would be accepted in humiliation, under duress, at an intolerable sacrifice, and would leave a sting, a resentment, a bitter memory upon which terms of peace would rest, not permanently, but only as upon quicksand. Only a peace between equals can last.
Pagina 25 - The streets are inexpressibly dirty, the number of schools inadequate, sanitary legislation unenforced, the street lighting bad, the paving miserable and altogether lacking in the alleys and smaller streets, and the stables foul beyond description.
Pagina 96 - International Congress of women expresses its deep regret that the terms of peace proposed at Versailles should so seriously violate the principles upon which alone a just and lasting peace can be secured, and which the democracies of the world had come to accept.
Pagina 84 - T~*HE excruciating burden of responsibility for the hopeless continuance of this war no longer rests on the will of the belligerent nations alone. It rests also on the will of those neutral governments and people who have been spared its shock but cannot, if they would, absolve themselves from their full share of responsibility for the continuance of war.
Pagina 15 - Lie down an hour after each meal. Have but two hours' intellectual life a day. And never touch pen, brush or pencil as long as you live.
Pagina 11 - I only feel that I need religion in a ' practical sense, that if I could fix myself with my relations ' to God and the universe and so be in perfect harmony with nature and deity, I could use my faculties and energy so much better and could do almost anything.
Pagina 74 - Therefore, as human beings and the mother half of humanity, we demand that our right to be consulted in the settlement of questions concerning not alone the life of individuals but of nations be recognzied and respected. "We demand that women be given a share in deciding between war and peace in all the courts of high debate — within the home, the school, the church, the industrial order, and the state.
Pagina 107 - That was never true of Jane Addams. The Pullman strike, the rise of the IWW, the war fever of 1914-1918, the sudden, panicky persecution of the radicals after the war, to mention only a few instances, were for her the most painful of experiences, because then she was forced by conviction to work against the stream, to separate herself from the great mass of her fellow countrymen. Nor did she ever fall into the mire of self-pity or take refuge in a sense of self-righteousness. She simply suffered...

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ROBIN K. BERSON is an independent scholar and director of the Upper School Library, Riverdale Country School, Bronx, New York.

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