Jane Addams : The Sixth Child Out Of Nine Essay

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Jane Addams was born as Laura Jane Addams on September 6th, 1860 in Cedarville, Illinois. She was born the eighth child out of nine. Jane’s father, John Huy Addams, was an affluent miller, a local political leader, a state senator, and he fought in the Civil War as an officer (Jane Addams, 2014). Sadly, when Jane was only two years old, her mother Sarah Addams, died giving birth to her ninth child (Hammington, n.d., para 5). Later, Jane attended Rockford Female Seminary and did exceptional in her studies and went on to be nominated as valedictorian of her class in 1881 (Jane Addams, 2014). Interestingly, Jane was granted her bachelor’s degree one year after she graduated pending accreditation of her school (Jane Addams, 2014). Jane had plans to continue her education in the medical field. However, due to her health issues and the uncertainty she felt concerning her path in life; she traveled to Europe with her family in hopes of sensing her future career path (Hammington, n.d., para 6).
Pioneer’s Contributions to the Social Work Profession
Settings/Fields of Social Work Practice At the age of 27, Jane made her second trip to Europe with some colleagues that included Ellen Gates Starr, and came across the Toynbee Hall. Toynbee Hall was a settlement house set in London’s poor village (Jane Addams, 2014). It was a settlement house that consisted of a community of young men that lived among the poor people; they were dedicated to helping these lower-class individuals…

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