Jane Addams: A Progressive Hero

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Jane Addams was born September 6, 1860 in Cedarville, Illinois. She was the eighth of nine children, and her father was a rich industrialist. In her lifetime she was a pioneer and social worker in America, and received her Bachelor's degree from Rockford College for women.She was also a progressive hero because she helped the community become a better place by helping people in need.
Addams enjoyed helping people, and her visit to the Toynbee Hall inspired her to create something similar to it. She leased a home called the Hull House, which was in the less fortunate areas of Chicago. It housed two thousand people a week, and contained many activities. One of the classes it offered was a cooperative boarding house for girls. This helped many people have a home in the less fortunate areas of Chicago.
Jane Addams also was elected to Chicago’s board of education in 1905. In 1908 she participated in the founding of Chicago school civics and philanthropy. She enjoyed helping her community, and one way she did this was through helping kids with their education.
Addams also gave lectures to colleges and groups of people to help her community.
Even though Addams was never married or had children of her
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Her health was not the best after she had a heart attack in 1926. Jane Addams still continued to work at the Hull House and cared for the less fortunate. Four years later after suffering from the heart attack, she had a heart surgery and they found cancer. Jane Addams died a few days after the operation on May 21, 1935. She was a very loyal, loving, and caring person throughout her life. This made her a progressive hero because of all of the little things she did to make her community a better place. Even after her death the Hull House continued to operate, and since then has been turned into the Jane Addams Hull House Museum run by the University of

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