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Jane Addams: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Marlene Targ Brill

This book explains who Jane Addams was and why she caused such a stir in the United States and worldwide. The story follows Jane from her first realization of the unfairness that limited the lives, livelihoods, and health of disadvantaged people in the late 1800s to her becoming one of the most beloved--and most disliked--women of her day. She worked to create a more peaceful, fair world for all people, no matter their race, color, nationality, or gender. Along her journey, Jane cofounded Hull-House, the most celebrated settlement house in the United States, and she became a motivating author, speaker, and women's rights and peace advocate. She worked tirelessly on community, state, and national levels to promote women's, workers', and children's rights, and she spoke passionately against the evils of war. Jane devoted her activities and writings to championing programs for these and other humanitarian causes. Votes for women! Equal rights for African Americans! Good schools and a healthy environment for children! No one--not millionaires, presidents, or the FBI--could stand in the way of her quest for justice. Jane became one of few women worldwide to earn a Nobel Peace Prize. Her efforts to improve social services and communities and to train leaders to carry out this work led to the opening of the first professional school of social work--named in her honor--at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her writing, teaching, and actions were based on the belief that "without the advance and improvement of the whole, no man can hope for any lasting improvement in his own moral or material individual condition."

Book Details

  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publish Date: Jun 18th, 2024
  • Pages: 156
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780821425534
  • Recommended age: 08-12
  • Categories: Biography & Autobiography - Social ActivistsBiography & Autobiography - WomenHistory - Modern

About the Author

Marlene Targ Brill is an award-winning author of seventy-three books for all ages, including Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Women Who Demanded Justice from Ohio University Press. She especially seeks to write women into history and tell stories of the undersung. Learn more at
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