|Jane Addams - American, 1860-1935
Jane Addams (1860- 1935) was an American sociologist and pioneer
settlement worker. She was born at Cedarville, Illinois, on the
6th of September 1860. Ms. Addams came of age during the
Progressive era, a time when many Americans felt it was their
duty to reform and improve society.
After graduating at Rockford Female Seminary (now Rockford
College, located in Illinois) in 1881, Ms. Addams spent several
years studying economic and social problems in both Europe and
America. In 1889, with Ellen Gates Starr, Ms. Addams established
in Chicago, Illinois, the social settlement known as Hull House,
of which she became the head worker. The primary aim of Hull
House was to help assimilate poor European immigrants to life in
the United States. This was accomplished through many methods,
including childcare and adult education. The success of this
settlement, which was seen as a great factor for good in the
city, was principally due to Miss Addams's rare executive skill
and practical common-sense methods.
Ms. Addams’s personal participation in the life of the community
was exemplified in her acceptance of the office of inspector of
streets and alleys under the Chicago municipal government. She
became widely known as a lecturer and writer on social problems.
She published Democracy and Social Ethics (1902), Newer Ideals
of Peace (1907), and The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets
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