Character Is Destiny: The Autobiography of Alice Salomon

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University of Michigan Press, 2004 - 264 pagine

In her autobiography, the remarkable feminist and social worker Alice Salomon recounts her transition in the 1890s from privileged idleness to energetic engagement in solving social problems. Salomon took the lead in establishing the profession of social work, and built a career as a social reformer, activist, and educator. A prolific author, Salomon also played a key role in the transatlantic dialogue between German and American feminists in the early twentieth century. Her narrative concludes with the account of her expulsion from Germany by the Nazis in 1937.
Salomon's formative influence on the field of social work makes her story crucial for the history of the discipline. This work will also appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the feminist and socialist movements or the political and social history of twentieth-century Germany. The volume also includes several of Salomon's essays on social work and women's issues, along with photographs of Salomon, her students, and her colleagues.
Andrew Lees is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Rutgers University, Camden.

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Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Io Patriotism Is Not Enough 19141916
Years of Chaos
Social Reconstruction
The Golden Ring of Friendship
The Mystery of Individual Adjustments
The Strong and the Weak
The Pastors Martin Niemöller
Appendix A The Significance of the Womens Movement
Preface to an Early Version

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Pagina 249 - On maternalism, see Seth Koven and Sonya Michel, eds., Mothers of a New World: Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States (New York: Routledge, 1993), 2; Molly Ladd-Taylor, Mother-Work: Women, Child Welfare, and the State, 1890-1930 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994), 3.
Pagina 249 - Harriet Pass Freidenreich, Female, Jewish, Educated: The Lives of Central European University Women (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002), p.

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Andrew Lees is Professor and Chair in the Department of History at Rutgers University, Camden

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