In this landmark biography, Jane Addams becomes America's most admired and most hated woman—and wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Knight (Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy, 2005) begins with a speech the 72-year-old Addams, by then a Nobel laureate, made in 1933, which urged her audience to break free from conventional thinking.| Read Full Review of Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
Knight's book is filled with fascinating detail about everyday life at Hull House, from the way residents were selected, to the fund-raising difficulties that emerged as Addams exhausted her personal wealth, to an absorbing account of Addams's life as a Chicago garbage inspector.Jan 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
In this well-supported and appealing portrait of an iconic American, Knight emphasizes Addams's struggle to redefine Victorian womanhood and claim her right to "possess authority in the public realm" and "exercise authority" as a lobbying feminist who helped women acquire the right to vote.Jul 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
As Jane Addams, the founder of Chicago's Hull House, lay in her bed recovering from surgery in the spring of 1916, she received a visit from Theodore Roosevelt.Sep 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
Progressive Era reformer Jane Addams is recalled best as synonymous with the U.S. settlement house movement, having cofounded the nation's first and largest settlement house, Hull House in Chicago in 1889.| Read Full Review of Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
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