The Reason Why Historians Of Illinois Should Use Addams Memoirs

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The reason why historians of Illinois should use Addams memoirs as a way to teach about the development of the state’s society, economy, and culture because of the book details not only Addams life and the lasting effect that moments in her childhood had on her, but also the house itself and the programs it had and the people that came there who were mostly immigrants, and the social issues that Addams worked on to make the world a better place. Through her book readers are able to see the tiny details that went into the changes in society, the economy, and the culture of Illinois during the twentieth century. These tiny details, which are so often lumped together, really show the development that had happened.
Born September 6, 1860 in Cedarville, Illinois Jane Addams became one of the most influential people in history. Her father, John Huey Addams, a merchant, was a supporter and friend of Abraham Lincoln and supported Addams in anything that she did. Her mother had died when she was very young and Addams was very close to her father. Her father influenced her in many ways. One such way that had a lasting effect was when she received a new cloak and her father suggested her to think of the other students who did not have new cloaks.
[A]s a little girl of eight years, arrayed in a new cloak, gorgeous beyond anything I had ever worn before, I stood before my father for his approval. I was much chagrined by his remark that it was a very pretty cloak – in fact so much…

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