National History Day: The Individual in History

With the generous support of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the Jane Addams Papers and Teacher Education program at Ramapo College of New Jersey, the Jane Addams Papers Project has developed this guide for teachers and students participating in National History Day.

The course of history can be dramatically changed or influenced by the actions of one person. Jane Addams stands out among Progressive Era reformers, but Addams rarely worked alone. Supported by other like-minded individuals, Addams was involved in most major reform movements of the early twentieth century. Her reputation carried a great deal of respect, so she was able to attract crowds, financial backing, and influence. Additionally, Addams’ writings inspired reformers and regular citizens. The work of Jane Addams and others improved the lives of children, workers, women, and immigrants.

In the Jane Addams Digital Edition you will find letters, speeches, articles, and other documents that illuminate this year's themes. We have highlighted a few research topics to get you started, but you can find other topics, subjects, and events that will also fit the theme.

Happy researching!

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Renee DeLora, Michael Romano, Christina Dwyer