Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy: A Life

Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy: A Life

Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy: A Life

Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy: A Life

Synopsis

In this eagerly anticipated interpretation of the life and work of quintessential "public intellectual" Jane Addams (1860-1935), Jean Bethke Elshtain explores Addams's legacy thematically and chronologically, recounting her embrace of "social feminism, " her challenge to the usual cleavage between "conservative" and "liberal, " and the growth of Chicago's famed Hull House into a thriving cultural and intellectual center. Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy is a rich and revealing portrait of one of the most extraordinary figures in American history.

Excerpt

To get to Cedarville (in northern Illinois, just south of the Wisconsin border), you follow Interstate 90 west to U.S. 20 west outside of Rockford. At the junction of 20 and Illinois 26, you turn north and proceed to Freeport, the site of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858, which took place two years before Jane Addams was born. A few miles farther up the road you'll come to Cedarville, population 751. (The postmistress chuckled when I called to verify the population figures. "It depends on which road you drive into town on," she said, "but, yes, that's the population if you're driving up from Freeport.") A sign erected by the Illinois State Historical Society at the town limits in 1951 notes:

CEDARVILLE
BIRTHPLACE OF
JANE ADDAMS 1860-1935
HUMANITARIAN, FEMINIST,
SOCIAL WORKER, REFORMER,
EDUCATOR, AUTHOR,
PUBLICIST, FOUNDER OF
HULL HOUSE, PIONEER
SETTLEMENT CENTER,
CHICAGO, 1889, PRESIDENT
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND

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