Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
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Books by Knight:

A full-life biography

Spirt in Action

A half-life biography about Addams's formative years


About Jane Addams


Jane Addams (1860-1935) led such wide-ranging life that it is difficult to describe her in a few words. It only scratches the surface to say that she was the co-founder of Hull House in Chicago, the nation's first settlement house; a founder of the fields of social work and sociology; a co-founder of the first national women’s trade union organization; one of the nation's first itinerant grassroots organizers; a leader of the suffrage movement; an international leader of the peace and women's rights movements; and the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Consider that she was also an activist philosopher of pragmatism, a founding board member of the NAACP and the ACLU, the author of eleven books [for a list, see the link below; some of the books are available digitally, with links provided) and the most politically influential woman of her day. Her friends and colleagues included John Dewey, Frances Perkins, Ida Wells-Barnett, Theodore Roosevelt (sometimes), Florence Kelley, Julia Lathrop, and she was admired by many, including William Jennings Bryan, William James, Franklin Roosevelt, and Alinsky.

There are a number of short chronologies of Addams’s life on various websites, but all omit a great deal and some have errors. I have supplied this annotated chronology (long and detailed) as a first attempt to supply a new and accurate digital resource. Suggestions and corrections welcome.


Jane Addams: A Chronology

Books by Jane Addams

Read Jane Addams's editorial, "Need a Woman Over Fifty Feel Old?" from the Ladies' Home Journal (October 1914) here.

The Jane Addams Papers Project has produced two volumes of Selected Papers. Click here to visit the project web site. It contains a chronology, photo gallery, bibliography, and even sample documents!

In November 2010, Jane Addams named one of "The 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century" by Time magazine. Read it here.

For a website about the connections between Addams's early peacework and the 10th anniversary of the adoption of U.N. Security Resolution 1325 by the United Nations, click here