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Jane Addams was born in Cedarville Illinois on September 6 1860 She grew up in Cedarville but later moved to Chicago where she died on May 21 1935 of cancer Being a woman she made up about fifty percent of the population Addams was very well known Addams was quoted by President Theadore Roosevelt as Americas most useful citizen She was a social reformer internationalist and feminist but she was most well known for founding the Hull HouseFor the most part she did live the American Dream if you interpret the American Dream as wealth and success She never had financial problems at all Her father was a wealthy businessman and Illinois senator for eight consecutive years He was a friend of Abraham Lincoln and he was a widely respected leader in his community He also helped to bring a railroad into the country She was also a very prominent member of society and was very widely respected In some ways though she did not live the American Dream She did not strive to be wealthy and successful she spent more of her time giving back to society than trying to become wealthy prosperous and successful which was what many people wanted She worked for gaining the rights for everyone in society including the right for women to vote and anti child labor laws This was not true for most people of that time Many people were very poor and tried to become prosperous but could not There were many immigrants especially around Chicago where Addams was They came here in hope of prosperity but instead had to work long hard hours for very low wages Addams was greatly influenced by her fathers strong morals She was the eighth of nine children Her parents were Sarah and John Huy Addams Addams mother died when she was only two while in childbirthAddams attended public schools in her neighborhood until she went to Rockford College then Rockford
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