Past Event

Jane Addams' Lincoln

A Road Scholar Program by Janet D. Cornelius

Jane Addams believed that two of her greatest inspirations were her father and Abraham Lincoln. Her father taught his children that Lincoln’s compassion for all people, including his enemies, was the highest virtue of civilization. Likewise, her own broad definition of democracy closely resembled Lincoln’s philosophy. And, after many strongly criticized her for her support of the Pullman strike Addams sought out Lincoln’s statue for comfort in granting ‘charity for all.’

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Eve G. Kirk, 815.332.5161 ext. 27.