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By John Sorensen

ISBN-10: 022620958X

ISBN-13: 9780226209586

ISBN-10: 022620961X

ISBN-13: 9780226209616

Among the nice figures of revolutionary period reform, Edith and beauty Abbott are might be the least sung. friends, partners, and coworkers of mythical figures akin to Jane Addams and Sophonisba Breckinridge, the Abbott sisters have been approximately omnipresent in turn-of-the-century struggles to enhance the lives of the bad and the working-class those that fed the commercial engines and crowded into assorted urban neighborhoods. Grace’s cutting edge function as a number one champion for the rights of kids, immigrants, and ladies earned her a key position within the historical past of the social justice flow. As her buddy and colleague Eleanor Roosevelt wrote, Grace was once “one of the nice ladies of our day . . . a distinct power which lets expect to be used in battle.”

A Sister’s Memories is the inspiring tale of Grace Abbott (1878–1939), as advised by means of her sister and social justice comrade, Edith Abbott (1876–1957). Edith recollects in vibrant aspect the Nebraska formative years, notable achievements, and struggles of her sister who, as head of the Immigrants’ protecting League and the U.S. Children’s Bureau, championed children’s rights from the slums of Chicago to the villages of Appalachia. Grace’s campaign can probably be top summed up in her famous credo: “Justice for all youngsters is the excessive perfect in a democracy.” Her efforts kept the lives of millions of kids and immigrants and more desirable these of hundreds of thousands extra. those trailblazing social provider works led how one can the construction of the Social protection Act and UNICEF and brought on the click to nickname her “The mom of America’s forty three Million Children.” She used to be the 1st lady in American historical past to be nominated to the presidential cupboard and the 1st individual to symbolize the U.S. at a committee of the League of Nations.

Edited via Abbott student John Sorensen, A Sister’s Memories is destined to turn into a vintage. It shapes the various writings of Edith Abbott right into a cohesive narrative for the 1st time and fills within the gaps of our realizing of revolutionary period reforms. Readers of all backgrounds will locate themselves engrossed by means of this heritage of the unstoppable, pioneer feminist Abbott sisters.

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