Jane Addams: Pioneer for Social Justice is an inspiring collection of anecdotes emphasizing the private side of one of America's best known reformers. The life of Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, illustrates the importance of one individual's efforts to improve the living conditions of many people. In Meigs's biography, Addams becomes a vivid example of the influence that can be achieved through courage, perseverance, personal integrity, and respect for others regardless of social status. Not only is this book an interesting historical narrative, but it carefully reminds the reader of unsuitable urban living and working conditions in the past as it traces the development of social attitudes that are now taken for granted.
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