Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was a pioneer settlement worker, founder of Hull House in Chicago, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace. Beside presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, she was the most prominent reformer of the Progressive Era and helped turn the nation to issues of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, public health, and world peace. She said that if women were to be responsible for cleaning up their communities and making them better places to live, they needed the vote to be effective in doing so. Addams became a role model for middle-class women who volunteered to uplift their communities. She is increasingly recognized as a member of the American pragmatist school of philosophy. In 1931, she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Scope and Contents: Jane Addams to Mrs. Sonja Lawrence, thanking her for her recent gifts to Hull House and expressing appreciation for her interest in the work. 1929: May 7. Autograph letter, signed. 1 page.