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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jane Addams  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: September 6, 1860 in Cedarville, Illinois

Died: May 21, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Jane Addams on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois and was founder and long-time director of the Hull-House in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jane Addams, founder and long-time director of Hull-House, Chicago's pioneering social settlement house, wrote extensively on social issues. Her masterpiece, ''Twenty Years at Hull-House'' (1910), is both an autobiography and a history of Hull-House. She also wrote a sequel, ''The Second Twenty Years at Hull-House'' (1930), and a number of other books on social themes, including ''Democracy and Social Ethics'' (1902) and ''Newer Ideals of Peace'' (1907). She was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Newer ideals of peace /
ISBN: 0252073452. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. 2007.

Twenty years at Hull-House :
ISBN: 0486457494. OCLC Number:

Dover Publications,. Mineola, N.Y. :. 2008.

Women at the Hague :
ISBN: 0252071565. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©2003.

The long road of woman's memory /
ISBN: 0252027094. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. 2002.

"Wild rumors of a Devil Baby in Hull-House brought a flood of curiosity-seekers to Jane Addams's door. To her surprise, many of the most adamant about seeing the Devil Baby were older, working-class, immigrant women." "These women, as a rule rather withdrawn from the community, seemed to spring to life in response to this apocryphal story - and to be inspired to tell stories of their own. The tales they shared with Addams in the wake of the Devil Baby were more personal and revealing than any they had previously told her: stories of abusive mates, lost or neglectful children, and endless, ill-paid menial labor endured on behalf of loved ones. In response to these sometimes wrenching conversations, Addams wrote The Long Road of Woman's Memory, an extended musing on the role of memory and myth in women's lives." "Seen in the context of Addams's personal connection with these diverse women and their stories, her larger efforts to bring about equity and social justice appear all the more courageous and vital. Charlene Haddock Seigfried's new introduction sets Addams's observations in the context of pragmatist and feminist traditions."--BOOK JACKET.

Peace and bread in time of war /
ISBN: 0252070933. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. 2002.

My friend, Julia Lathrop /
ISBN: 0252071689. OCLC Number:

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"As one of the four members of the inner circle at Hull-House, Julia Lathrop played an instrumental role in the field of social reform for more than fifty years. Working tirelessly for women, children, immigrants, and workers, she was the first head of the federal Children's Bureau, an ardent advocate of women's suffrage, and a cultural leader. She was also one of Jane Addam's best friends. My Friend, Julia Lathrop is Addam's lovingly rendered biography of a memorable colleague and confidant"--


  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990
  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2012