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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title The Education of Jane Addams traces, with unprecedented care, Addams's three-decade journey from a privileged prairie girlhood through her years as the competent spinster daughter in a demanding family after her father's death to her early seasoning on the Chicago reform scene. It weaves her spiritual struggles wi Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title The Education of Jane Addams traces, with unprecedented care, Addams's three-decade journey from a privileged prairie girlhood through her years as the competent spinster daughter in a demanding family after her father's death to her early seasoning on the Chicago reform scene. It weaves her spiritual struggles with Christianity into her political struggles with elitism and her emotional struggles with intimacy. Finally, it reveals the logic of her journey to Chicago and makes biographical sense of the political and personal choices she made once she arrived there. The founder of Chicago's Hull-House and, later, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is portrayed here as a complicated young woman who summoned the energy to pursue public life, the honesty to admit her own arrogance, and the imagination to see joy in collective endeavor.


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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title The Education of Jane Addams traces, with unprecedented care, Addams's three-decade journey from a privileged prairie girlhood through her years as the competent spinster daughter in a demanding family after her father's death to her early seasoning on the Chicago reform scene. It weaves her spiritual struggles wi Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title The Education of Jane Addams traces, with unprecedented care, Addams's three-decade journey from a privileged prairie girlhood through her years as the competent spinster daughter in a demanding family after her father's death to her early seasoning on the Chicago reform scene. It weaves her spiritual struggles with Christianity into her political struggles with elitism and her emotional struggles with intimacy. Finally, it reveals the logic of her journey to Chicago and makes biographical sense of the political and personal choices she made once she arrived there. The founder of Chicago's Hull-House and, later, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is portrayed here as a complicated young woman who summoned the energy to pursue public life, the honesty to admit her own arrogance, and the imagination to see joy in collective endeavor.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Happyreader

    After Illinois proclaimed Dec 10 as Jane Addams day, I realized I needed to find a good Jane Addams bio to learn more. Oddly, despite the fact that Jane Addams died in 1935 and was active until her death, most biographies end just after the founding of Hull House -- as does this one. This bio is well written, well researched, and balanced. It's based on Jane's own correspondence and contrasts those letters with what Jane wrote about herself later in her autobiography. I've knocked off a star fro After Illinois proclaimed Dec 10 as Jane Addams day, I realized I needed to find a good Jane Addams bio to learn more. Oddly, despite the fact that Jane Addams died in 1935 and was active until her death, most biographies end just after the founding of Hull House -- as does this one. This bio is well written, well researched, and balanced. It's based on Jane's own correspondence and contrasts those letters with what Jane wrote about herself later in her autobiography. I've knocked off a star from the rating because the book drags during her Rockford Seminary years. Slog through those years and you'll be rewarded once Jane founds Hull House. Sadly, once you're enthralled, the book ends and you're left to find other sources post-1894.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marvin

    In a remarkably insightful biographical treatment of Addams's coming of age, Brown shows how Addams struggled, in the context of her relations with family & friends and of the ideas of the time, to discover how best to be useful in the world. In a remarkably insightful biographical treatment of Addams's coming of age, Brown shows how Addams struggled, in the context of her relations with family & friends and of the ideas of the time, to discover how best to be useful in the world.

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