Alice Hamilton (1869-1970), a pioneer in the study of diseases of the workplace, a founder of industrial toxicology in the United States, and Harvard's first woman professor, led a long and interesting life. Always a consummate professional, she was also a prominent social reformer whose interest in the environmental causes of disease and in promoting equitable living conditions developed during her years as a resident at Jane Addams's Hull-House. This legendary figure now comes to life in an integrated work of biography and letters that reveals the personal as well as the professional woman. In documenting Hamilton's evolution from a childhood of privilege to a life of social advocacy, the volume opens a window on women reformers and their role in Progressive Era politics and reform. Because Hamilton was a keen observer and vivid writer, her lettersmore than 100 are included herebring an unmatched freshness and immediacy to a range of subjects, such as medical education; personal relationships and daily life at Hull House; the women's peace movement; struggles for the protection of workers' health; academic life at Harvard; politics and civil liberties during the cold war; and the process of growing old. Her story takes the reader from the Gilded Age to the Vietnam War.
|Publisher:||University of Illinois Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Barbara Sicherman is Kenan Professor of American Institutions and Values, Trinity College, and coeditor of Notable American Women: The Modern Period.
Table of Contents
1. The Hamiltons of Fort Wayne
2. Medical Training, 1890-1894
3. "I Shall Know, Being Old": Career and Family, 1895-1897
4. Hull House, 1897-1907
5. Exploring the Dangerous Trades, 1908-1914
6. The War Years, 1915-1919
7. The Harvard Years, 1919-1927
8. Elder Stateswoman, 1928-1935
9. Semiretirement, 1935-1949
10. "Old-Old Age," 1950-1970