Jane Addams: Spirit in Action

Jane Addams: Spirit in Action

by Louise W. Knight
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Jane Addams: Spirit in Action by Louise W. Knight

In this landmark biography, Jane Addams becomes America's most admired and most hated woman—and wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a leading statesperson in an era when few imagined such possibilities for women. In this fresh interpretation, the first full biography of Addams in nearly forty years, Louise W. Knight shows Addams's boldness, creativity, and tenacity as she sought ways to put the ideals of democracy into action. Starting in Chicago as a co-founder of the nation's first settlement house, Hull House—a community center where people of all classes and ethnicities could gather—Addams became a grassroots organizer and a partner of trade unionists, women, immigrants, and African Americans seeking social justice. In time she emerged as a progressive political force; an advocate for women's suffrage; an advisor to presidents; a co-founder of civil rights organizations, including the NAACP; and a leader for international peace. Written as a fast-paced narrative, Jane Addams traces how one woman worked with others to make a difference in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393071658
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/06/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 513,503
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Louise W. Knight is a writer and consultant to nonprofits and a former college administrator. The author of Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy, she lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Jane Addams until assigned to read this book for a class. I enjoyed reading about someone so compelled to achieve her dreams. After reading this book I felt that more should learn of Jane Addams and her accomplishments and her leadership to shape America in the early 1900's. It amazes me that I have never learned about someone who has done so much for this country till my junior year in college. I never knew who's idea it was to have a minimum wage and max number hours to work a week and child labor laws until now until now, and who broke the social norm of women's power in the 1900's. I feel Jane Addams would be pleasantly surprised how far America has come since her death. If you are interested in learning of social activism and civil rights then this is the book for you. Jane Addams worked for world peace, women's rights, and fought for the rights of many others. Learn of how one person can change a country and the world.
hnnhmcln More than 1 year ago
The detailed biography of Jane Addams is an astonishing display of the growth of a leader: the transformations made from a youth striving to please her father to becoming a steadfast revolutionary leader for human rights. This book details not only the events that shaped Jane, but also demonstrates changes in her thought processes through intimate letters written to her best friend. This inspiring account of her life is a motivational lesson on the impact one person can have through dedication. It’s a call to arms for the readers to create social change and strive for the equality that Jane worked towards establishing.
artyvp More than 1 year ago
Jane Addams's life and accomplishments are awe inspiring. Her strength of character and the things she was able to accomplish in a time dominated by conservative white males is nothing less of impressive. She laid the foundation for the way we currently think of democracy and has contributed so much for the future and present generations of the world. She not only influenced American society as we know it but also influenced developing nations of the world. Her impact and wisdom has crossed generations and continents. A truly remarkable women. Spirit in Action is a great read.
jwfink More than 1 year ago
Jane Addams life story parallels the struggles that life parallels the struggles that the progressive movement faced which had a humble beginning, to a booming movement that wheeled great political power, to being crushed under the world war. This biography explains many questions that people have about Jane Addams, one of the most influential women at the beginning of the 20th century. Jane had such a great effect on her time, and to understand the Progressive Movement you must understand Jane Addams.This book is great for anybody, especially historians and history enthusiasts, who want to lean about and understand more about the Progressive movement and a major driving force behind the movement. Again to learn about the life of Jane Addams is to learn about the growth, and sustainment of the Progressive movement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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