Jane Addams: Challenging a Nation - Peace Movement

"Jane Addams", 1899, Empower Network, Public Domain.

Because Jane Addams now had political presence, she nominated Theodore Roosevelt for the Presidency during the summer convention of 1912.  She became known for her views on pacifism – and was a leader in the anti-war movement of 1899.  She believed all war was caused by social injustice and the underlying causes of unequal opportunities of some people. She spoke out about war undermining human kindness, solidarity, and civic responsibility.  Because of her many speeches about the use of poison gas on the battlefield, President Calvin Coolidge prohibited its use in U.S. warfare. In 1920, Jane was a co-founder of the ACLU and became a charter member of the NAACP.

Jane’s life work focused on helping individuals, but her ideas influenced the social, political, and economic reform of the nation, and eventually the world.  Her philosophy is now the basis of all social work in contemporary America and today the Jane Addams College of Social Work is located at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  In 1931 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  She worked hard challenging the norms of society in order to make life better for everyone until her death in May, 1935.

"Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpected effort that might have saved the world."

-- Jane Addams


Original Release: Jun 14, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Sep 14, 2016

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