Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy: A Life

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8
SOLIDARITY WHICH WILL
NOT WAVER

Jane Addams in War and Peace

NESTLED AMONG THE PAPERS of Jane Addams, amid the many encomiums to her, is a hostile satiric verse—"Lines composed while gazing at a portrait of Jane Addams." 1

A nose that's long and shows it doth dote
On Poking into business not its own.
A jaw that loves to ape and loudly groan
O'er other's sins. An eye that doth denote
Propensity to howl about the vote:
A nerve that leads her to approach a throne
And nag great kings in sanctimonious tone
And prattle how the War has got her Goat.
O meddler from Chicago! What have we
E'er done, that you our gizzards thus should vex?
We longed that when you sailed across the sea
The waves should sweep you from that Peace-Ships decks
Eternal ennui you have inspired
No Hun from Hun-land e'er made us so tired.

This was not the sort of response Addams had become accustomed to, and the change must have seemed abrupt. In 1904 she had been

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