- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureAn 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.