If you know about Jane Addams, you probably know the Jane Addams of Hull House, the Addams who worked for social justice, women’s suffrage and world peace and whose settlement house was a place where people met across racial, ethnic and class lines. Becoming this Jane Addams was an arduous process, as Louise W. Knight’s fine biography demonstrates. The “struggle for democracy” in the title is Addams’s own struggle to become a democrat.
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