Jane Addams


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Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was a pioneer settlement worker, founder of Hull House in Chicago, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace. Beside presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, she was the most prominent reformer of the Progressive Era and helped turn the nation to issues of concern to mothers, such as the ... more »

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  • ''With all the efforts made by modern society to nurture and educate the young, how stupid it is to permit the mothers of young children to spend themselves in the coarser work of the world!''
    Jane Addams (1860-1935), U.S. social worker and social reformer. Twenty Years at Hull-House, ch. 8 (1910). Addams was the founding director of Hul...
  • ''... this dream that men shall cease to waste strength in competition and shall come to pool their powers of production is coming to pass all over the earth.''
    Jane Addams (1860-1935), U.S. social worker and social reformer. Twenty Years at Hull-House, ch. 7 (1910). Addams was the founding director of Hul...
  • ''Hospitality still survives among foreigners, although it is buried under false pride among the poorest Americans.''
    Jane Addams (1860-1935), U.S. social worker and social reformer. Twenty Years at Hull-House, ch. 11 (1910). Addams was the founding director of Hu...
  • I had a consuming ambition to possess a miller's thumb. I believe I have never since wanted anything more desperately than I wanted my right thumb to be flattened as my father's had become, during his...
    Jane Addams (1860-1935), U.S. settlement house founder and social reformer. Twenty Years at Hull-House, ch. 1 (1910). Of her early-childhood yearn...
  • We fatuously hoped that we might pluck from the human tragedy itself a consciousness of a common destiny which should bring its own healing, that we might extract from life's very misfortunes a power ...
    Jane Addams (1860-1935), U.S. social worker and social reformer. Twenty Years at Hull-House, ch. 7 (1910). Addams, the white middle-class cofounde...
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