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March 2018

Jane Addams

Jane Addams was a pioneer social reformer and women’s rights and peace activist, perhaps best known for her work at Hull House, a social settlement house that offered social services and educational opportunities to the poor immigrants and laborers of working-class Chicago. She was born in Cedarville, Illinois in 1860 into a prosperous family, the […]

“Studs Lonigan” & the Great Wall Street Crash of 1929

“Studs Lonigan”, by James T. Farrell, is one of the great books of American literature.  Written as a trilogy in the 1930s, it tells the story of a young man, William “Studs” Lonigan, growing up in an Irish family on Chicago’s Southside during World War I, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. Farrell’s purpose […]

Abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster & “Come-outerism”.

  This is Liberty Farm, a National Historic Landmark in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Abby Kelley Foster (1811-1887) lived most of her married life with her husband, Stephen Symonds Foster. Abby Kelley Foster is a name most of us are not familiar with.  She was one of the many extraordinary women from our American past who […]