Waging Peace: The Story of Jane Addams

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From her first glimpse of poverty as a young girl, Jane Addams resolved to find a way to help those who could not help themselves. Her own privileged upbringing included a good education and travel in Europe. In London, she discovered the settlement house phenomenon, an idea she brought to life in Chicago when she opened the famous Hull House. There, Addams and her team of dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to provide those trapped in the city's slums with better sanitation and safer working and living ...
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From her first glimpse of poverty as a young girl, Jane Addams resolved to find a way to help those who could not help themselves. Her own privileged upbringing included a good education and travel in Europe. In London, she discovered the settlement house phenomenon, an idea she brought to life in Chicago when she opened the famous Hull House. There, Addams and her team of dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to provide those trapped in the city's slums with better sanitation and safer working and living conditions. From Hull House she branched out to larger concerns, working to win women the right to vote and promoting peaceful solutions to the world's problems. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 -- the first woman ever to be so honored -- for her commitment to peace, justice, and equality. Waging Peace: The Story of Jane Addams tells the compelling life story of this unflagging social reformer in prose that will captivate a new generation of readers.
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An informative book, this biography tells the story of Jane Addams. The book shows how one person, with a strong vision, and with the collaboration of friends, family and neighbors can have an enormous social impact. From an early age Jane Addams was interested in issues of poverty and social justice. Recognizing her own good fortune; financial security and a good education, she dedicated her life to "social reform and service to the poor." Although she often suffered from poor health, she never lost sight of her mission to help others. In 1888, while in Europe, Jane visited Toynbee Hall, "the world's first settlement house... established to confront poverty in a large city" and decided that she wanted to create a similar settlement in the United States. With the help of her good friend, Ellen Starr, she opened Hull House in Chicago in 1891. As Hull House's popularity grew, many of the wealthier members of the community donated their time, money and land to the project. Jane was also a strong advocate for peace and for women's right to vote. She helped form and was president of the Women's Peace Party in the US; she presided over the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom at The Hague; led the International Congress of Women in protest of Treaty of Versailles; and in 1931 won the Nobel Peace Prize. Jane published many books and met many interesting people such as Leo Tolstoy. This book is a great addition to any classroom library and is a great resource for inquiry projects especially in language arts or social studies classrooms. The reader is provided with a timeline, a glossary, an index, a bibliography, a list of sources and a list of websites for further research.Photographs of Jane, her family and her friends and of historical events are informative and add and extra depth to the text. 2004, Morgan Reynolds Publishing Inc, Ages 12 up.
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Gr 5-8-A clearly written, straightforward biography of the social reformer, humanitarian, and winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. Caravantes chronicles Addams's early years, including the death of her mother when she was two and the teachings of her father, a self-described "Hicksite Quaker" (a follower of Elias Hicks). The lessons she learned regarding personal integrity, charity, and religious tolerance were ones she carried throughout her life. During a trip to Europe as a young woman, she seized upon the idea of a "cathedral of humanity"-a house from which to reach out to the poor. The idea of Hull House was born. The author does a good job of portraying the experiences that laid the groundwork for the remainder of the woman's life. The majority of the book focuses on the building of Hull House in Chicago; Addams's quest for social justice, including her fight against child labor in Illinois; her crusades against corruption in the Chicago Wards; and her involvement in peace and suffragist movements and in the Progressive Party. Archival black-and-white photos, most from the Jane Addams Memorial Collection of the University of Illinois, grace the book. This is a solid addition to women's history collections. Libraries owning Bonnie Carman Harvey's Jane Addams (Enslow, 1999) will want to add this one as well.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781931798402
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Young Jane 11
Chapter 2 Hearing Her Call 24
Chapter 3 Building Hull House 41
Chapter 4 Social Justice 54
Chapter 5 Challenges and Growth 70
Chapter 6 The Progressives 84
Chapter 7 Work for Peace 98
Chapter 8 Most-Admired Woman 112
Timeline 129
Glossary 132
Sources 135
Bibliography 140
Web sites 141
Index 142
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