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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 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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise W. Knight, author