Laura Jane Addams: Father Of Social Work

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Born as Laura Jane Addams also known as Jane Addams and the “mother” of the social work profession, Jane Addams was born in 1860 in Cedarville, Illinois as the youngest of eight and the child of a U.S State Senator John Addams. Diagnosed with congenital spinal defect, Addams was not considered the physically outgoing child. Not knowing quite where she would fit in in life, in 1877 Addams decided to attend Rockford Female Seminary, which was later changed to the Rockford College for Women. Doing exceptionally well, in 1881 Addams graduated top of her class as Valedictorian. Along with a friend Addams traveled to London where she first visited Toynbee Hall a special facility established to help the
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