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Jane Addams: Pioneer for Social Justice Themes & Characters

Cornelia Lynde Meigs
This Study Guide consists of approximately 11 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Jane Addams.
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In this biography, Meigs stresses the importance of living a useful life. To achieve this goal, Addams follows her own principles, which frequently conflict with conventional ideas about women's behavior. Meigs points out the courage and determination that enable Addams to meet the opposition of wellmeaning family and friends, as well as those hostile to her ideas.

Another theme is the development of personal integrity. Meigs demonstrates that, for Addams, ethical principles always take priority over her personal interests. As a young girl, Addams resists social pressure to become a church member and the wife of a missionary, and later she withstands the financial pressures exerted by Hull House supporters who want her to modify her stands on reform issues.

Meigs reminds the reader how much one determined person can do to help others. Addams's enthusiasm and respect for all individuals draw many talented people to Hull...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Jane Addams: Pioneer for Social Justice from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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