Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy

Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy

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Baker & Taylor
A biography of the life and work of Jane Addams explores the intellectual movements that influenced her career, her creation of Hull House as a cultural and intellectual center, and her cultural, social, and political impact on her era.

Perseus Publishing
The founder of the famed Chicago institution Hull House and first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize has for too long been misunderstood as a mere "do-gooder," argues Jean Bethke Elshtain in this eagerly anticipated new interpretation of the life and work of Jane Addams. Like her biographer, Addams (1860-1935) was a quintessential "public intellectual." Under her hand, Hull House became a cultural and intellectual center, a place where beauty was served, where University of Chicago professors lectured and debate and discussion filled the auditorium.Elshtain examines Addams's life chronologically and thematically, exploring Addams's embrace of "social feminism" and her challenge to the usual cleavage between "conservative" and "liberal"-themes Elshtain brilliantly explores in her own writings. Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy is a rich and revealing portrait of one of the most extraordinary figures in American history.

This major new interpretive biography-by one of America's foremost public intellectuals-eloquently examines Jane Addams's cultural and political influence on her time and ours.


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Elshtain (social and political ethics, U. of Chicago) draws on interviews with people who knew Addams, on archival material, and, in particular, on unusually close reading of Addams' writings to offer both a chronological and thematic portrait of her life and work. Addams' work for the residents of Hull House led her into early 19th-century Chicago politics and from there into work for peace and justice on an international scale, which culminated in her receipt of the Nobel Prize for Peace. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A new interpretive biography of the life and work of Jane Addams explores the intellectual movements that influenced her career, her creation of Hull House as a cultural and intellectual center, and her cultural, social, and political impact on her era. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780465019120
0465019129
Branch Call Number: B ADDAMS
B ADDAMS
Characteristics: xii, 329 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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