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Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy

Louise W. Knight

Abstract

Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This biography reveals Addams's early development as a political activist and social philosopher. In this book we observe a powerful mind grappling with the radical ideas of her age, most notably the ever-changing meanings of democracy. The book covers the first half of Addams's life, from 1860 to 1899. The book 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 inheri ... More

Keywords: Jayne Addams, Nobel Peace Prize, democracy, Hull House, education, working conditions, women, voting rights, civic activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226446998
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226447018.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise W. Knight, author