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The Education of Jane Addams (Politics and Culture in Modern America) Hardcover – October 29, 2003
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"Excellent. . . . Focused on the years between Addams's birth in 1860 and her emergence as the most widely acclaimed leader of the social settlement movement in the United States in the mid 1890s, The Education of Jane Addams provides a detailed, wonderfully complex analysis of Addams's ideas, life, and work."—Journal of American History
"A remarkably perceptive account of how the devoted daughter of a well-to-do mill owner and banker in a small Midwestern town became a heroic advocate for working-class residents of the city perhaps most identified in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with industrialism and labor strife."—Iowa Heritage Illustrated
"The brilliance of Brown's The Education of Jane Addams is that Brown asks how Jane Addams became the Jane Addams of the litany of accomplishments."—Women's Review of Books
"A rich contribution. . . . Essential."—Choice
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But Brown is wise enough, unlike Dilberto, to note the utter complete lack of evidence pointing to a close physical relationship between Jane Addams and her intimate associates including Ellen Star and others. She wisely covers the subject in a foot note. She would be wiser still not to bring it up at all. Does the modern progressive nature of academic publishing by an academic press require a mention at all. Brown writes "[ I] must decline to define either Addams or Starr as lesbians simply because we do not have evidence of genital contact...." She then goes on for another whole single spaced page citing supposed sources about women's relationships. I sense she cut even more speculation on the topic then she printed. Such diversions might help sell the book to the faculty at Grinnell, and Oberlin but the truth of the matter is that the wildest rumor and speculation about a historical person now can be published in an academic press and passed off as history. Better to save the trees. Better to put the writing talent to romance novels.Read more ›