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JANE ADDAMS (186o- )

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 183 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JANE ADDAMS (186o- ), American sociologist, was born at Cedarville, Illinois, on the 6th of September 186o. After graduating at Rockford (Illinois) Female Seminary (now Rock-ford College) in 1881, she spent several years in the study of economic and sociological questions in both Europe and America, and in 1889 with Miss Ellen Gates Starr established in Chicago, Illinois, the social settlement known as Hull House, of which she became the head-worker. The success of this settlement, which became a great factor for good in the city, was principally due to Miss Addams's rare executive skill and practical common-sense methods. Her personal participation in the life of the community is exemplified in her acceptance of the office of inspector of streets and alleys under the municipal government. She became widely known as a lecturer and writer on social problems and published Democracy and Social Ethics (1902), Newer Ideals of Peace (1907), and The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets (1909).
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