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A Useful Woman: The Early Life of Jane Addams (Lisa Drew Books)

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andlt;Iandgt;The first biography in twenty-six years of Jane Addams — founder of the Hull-House settlement and winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize — written with access to hundreds of new family documents.andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; "Today, Jane Addams is widely recognized as an extraordinary figure in our nation's history, one of a roster of great Americans — Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. among them — who made lasting contributions to social justice. But as with the lives of many iconographic figures, the legend often obscures the real story." andlt;BRandgt; Frequently recognized as one of the most influential women of the century — and considered a heroine by nurses and social workers around the globe — Jane Addams had to struggle long and hard to earn her place in history. Born in 1860 on the eve of the Civil War, she lived during pivotal times when women were only beginning to create new roles for themselves (ironically building on the Victorian ideal of women as ministering angels). andlt;BRandgt; Focusing on her metamorphosis from a frail, small-town girl into a woman who inspired hundreds of others to join her movement to serve the poor, andlt;Iandgt;A Useful Womanandlt;/Iandgt; delves into the mysterious ailments and other troubles young Jane faced. Examining for the first time Jane's physical and mental health and the effect of her father's remarriage after her mother's death, biographer Gioia Diliberto directly links Addams's proneness to depression to her inability to conform to the mores of her time. Also, for the first time, she examines in detail Addams's two marriage-like relationships with women. andlt;BRandgt; With hundreds of previously unavailable documents at her disposal, Diliberto has written a fascinating study of one of the most intriguing and important women in history, concentrating on her difficult formative years with compelling — and groundbreaking — results.

Synopsis:

The first biography in 26 years of Jane Addams--founder of the Hull House settlement and winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize--written with access to hundreds of new family documents. of photos.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [292]-298) and index.

About the Author

Gioia Diliberto has written for Vanity Fair and Mirabella and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Chicago Tribune Books. The author of two other biographies, Hadley and Debutante, she lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

PART I Angels in the House

1. Sarah

2. Ann

3. Rockford Female Seminary

4. The Rest Cure

5. Grand Tour I

6. Baltimore

7. Grand Tour II

PART II Angel of Halsted Street

8. Chicago

9. Hull-House Opens

10. Women Without Men

11. Revolt of the Daughters

12. Battling the Ward Boss

PART III Angel of the World

13. Spreading the Social Gospel

Epilogue

Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Sources

Note on Sources

Endnotes

Select Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684853659
Author:
Diliberto, Gioia
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Addams, jane, 1860-1935
Subject:
Women social reformers
Subject:
Women social workers
Subject:
Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Women social reformers -- United States.
Subject:
Hull House (Chicago, Ill.) - History
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Lisa Drew Books Hardcover
Publication Date:
19990731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-pp. insert w/ 20 bandw photos
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 22.4 oz

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Biography » Historical
Biography » Political
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » 1800 to 1920
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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