Jane Addams Correspondence
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Collection contains letters (1898, 1904) written from Hull House (Chicago, Ill.) to Mrs. Denison (Denver, Colo.) and to Mrs. Jameson.
- 1898, 1904
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Biographical / Historical
Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a pioneer American settlement activist/reformer, social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace. She co-founded, with Ellen Gates Starr, the first settlement house in the United States, Chicago's Hull House. She helped America address and focus on issues that were of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, local public health, and world peace. Addams became a role model for middle-class women who volunteered to uplift their communities. In 1889 she co-founded Hull House, and in 1920 she was a co-founder for the ACLU. In 1931 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and is recognized as the founder of the social work profession in the United States.
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