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Preparing to Lead,1860-81


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Edited by Mary Lynn McCree Bryan, Barbara Bair, and Maree de Angury

Filling a void in Jane Addams scholarship, this first volume of The Selected Papers of Jane Addams collects extant documents from the formative years of this major American historical figure, intellectual, social activist, and author. Documenting the early development of Addams's social principles, the documents reveal the leadership skills that led her into a life of public commitment.

For all her public compassion and visibility as an outspoken pacifist, Progressive reformer, and founder of Hull-House, Addams was an intensely private person who revealed her personal side only to family and close friends. Drawing on letters, diaries, and other writings from her childhood in Cedarville, Illinois, and her education at the Rockford Female Seminary, this volume provides heretofore unavailable insight into her developing ideas, educational experiences, and personal relationships.

More than just biographical records, The Selected Papers of Jane Addams defines the era in which Addams lived. Unique yet representative of the spiritual ideals and political sensibilities of post-Civil War women and society, Addams's lesser-known, personal writings are necessary reading for scholars and historians. The volume explores important themes, including the migration of families westward, the first generation of college women, and the religious and domestic lives of nineteenth-century Americans. The editors' rich annotation of individuals and events featured in the documents and biographical profiles represent a trove of primary research and place the documents in historical context.

The correspondence, diary entries, poetry, speeches, debates, school essays, and other published and unpublished writings included in this volume were culled from repositories across the country. Documents were selected from key special collections housed at private colleges and major public universities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and other states. Material was also drawn from historical societies, archives, public libraries, and the personal holdings of individual donors and collectors. Volume 1 of the printed edition focuses on the years 1860 through 1881, from Addams's birth through her seminary education. Subsequent volumes will address later periods in her life.

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Published by University of Illinois Press, 2003. Hardcover $65.00. 760 pages. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches. 50 photographs, 3 line drawings. Cloth, ISBN 0-252-02729-9. $65.00 Women's Studies / Biography / American History

The University of Illinois Press also publishes paperback reprints of Jane Addams classic titles, as well as the important Women in American History Series,