Citizen : Jane Addams and the struggle for democracy / Louise W. Knight.

Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This biography, covering the first half of Addams's life, reveals in detail her development as a political activist and social philosopher--we observe the powerful mind of a woman encountering the radical ideas of her ag...

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Main Author: Knight, Louise W.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2005.
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504 |a Includes bibliographical references (pages 523-564) and index. 
505 0 |a Part I: The given life, 1860-88. Self-reliance, 1822-60 -- Three mothers, 1860-73 -- Dreams, 1873-77 -- Ambition, 1877-81 -- Failure, 1881-83 -- Culture, 1883-86 -- Crisis, 1886-88 -- Part II: The chosen life, 1889-99. Chicago, 1889 -- Halsted Street, 1889-91 -- Fellowship, 1892 -- Baptism, 1893 -- Cooperation, 1893-94 -- Claims, 1894 -- Justice, 1895 -- Democracy, 1896-98 -- Ethics, 1898-99 -- Afterword: Scholarship and Jane Addams. 
520 |a Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This biography, covering the first half of Addams's life, reveals in detail her development as a political activist and social philosopher--we observe the powerful mind of a woman encountering the radical ideas of her age. Addams, a child of a wealthy family, longed for a life of larger purpose. After receiving an inheritance, she moved to Chicago in 1889 to co-found Hull House, the city's first settlement house--a neighborhood center for education and social gatherings. As 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 voting rights, she was transformed: she came to understand that the national ideal of democracy was also a mandate for civic activism.--From publisher description. 
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880 |6 520-00/(3/r  |a Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This masterful biography reveals her early development as a political activist and social philosopher in lively 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 lifeاthe years of her becomingاfrom 1860 to 1899. Louise W. Knight recounts how Addams, a child of a wealthy family in rural northern Illinois, longed for a life of larger purpose. She broadened her horizons through education, reading, and travel, and, after receiving an inheritance upon her father's death, moved to Chicago in 1889 to co-found Hull House, the city's first settlement house. Citizen shows vividly what the settlement house actually wasاa neighborhood center for education and social gatheringsاand 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 voting rights. These experiences, Knight makes clear, transformed 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. As her story unfolds, Knight astutely captures the enigmatic Addams's compassionate personality as well as her flawed human side. Written in a strong narrative voice, Citizen is an insightful portrait of the formative years of a great American leader. 
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