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Reaction Letters

At the Jane Addams Papers Project, the historical significance of events and actions in Addams’ life goes beyond the speeches and articles she wrote. On a daily basis, student workers at the Project enter letters between Addams and her family, other activists, and average Americans. These letters provide a unique look at Addams’ work and how people saw her. Because Addams worked for so many causes, people reacted to them differently. For some she was a saint, for others a villian. In this guide, we provide access to reaction letters that show how people experienced the historical events that happened in their lives. 

On Immigration:

On Labor:

On Government/Voting:

On Addams' Influence:

On Soldiers

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