Chapter

Justice 1895

in Citizen

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780226446998
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226447018 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226447018.003.0015
Justice 1895

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Writing a speech had focused Jane Addams's mind and helped her complete an intellectual revolution that had long been brewing. Cordelia, the daughter who defied her father, was the key. Able to identify fully with her, Addams was able to identify fully with the oppressed workers and to see that the ethic of benevolence, whether in its filial, philanthropic, or industrial form, was out-of-date. Having gained a new perspective as one of the oppressed, Addams came to see power everywhere. In “A Modern Lear” she equates the power of the employer with the power of a king, calls the benevolent philanthropist powerful, and describes the father as a dictator. She who had been raised to trust power now saw power's cruel, unjust side. For Jane Addams, the Pullman Strike and the act of writing about it were major milestones on the road to becoming a citizen.

Keywords: Pullman Strike; Jane Addams; intellectual revolution; oppressed workers; political power; citizen

Chapter.  12088 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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