Jane Addams

(2481 words)
  • Luca Prono (Independent Scholar - Europe)

Jane Addams was one of the most influential social reformers and cultural critics in the United States. Although her name is usually associated with the establishment of the Hull House Settlement in Chicago, Addams campaigned for every major reform issue of her times, and, in 1931, she was co-awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with Nicholas Murray Butler. She supported fairer conditions on the workplace for both men and women, tenement regulation, juvenile-court law, women's suffrage and women's rights. She worked closely with social workers, politicians, labor and immigrant groups to achieve her purposes and she was not afraid of taking controversial stances. Her campaign against U.S. entry into the First World War, for example, made h…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Prono, Luca. "Jane Addams". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 November 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=35, accessed 04 July 2015.]