JANE ADDAMS FAVORS INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENT WITH U.S. AS LEADER
Evanston, Illinois (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 10, 1917, Miss Jane Addams, speaking to a current events class at the First Congregational Church here in Evanston, called for an international government to make "necessary changes" in the world situation.
Although a pacifist, Miss Addams agreed "substantially as to the causes of the...war." Far from advocating American isolation, she spoke of the United States assuming the role as a leader in a world with a "wider life of coordinated political activity."
Justice Orrin N. Carter** of the Illinois Supreme Court, a self-described life-long friend of Miss Addams, did not agree with her views. He said...
"We are in war and it is our business to get behind the government. No pacifist measures should be taken until the war is over."
*Jane Addams (1860-1935) was born in Cedarville, IL & graduated from Rockford University in 1881. She co-founded Hull House in Chicago, the first settlement house in the U.S. & was a leader in the women's suffrage movement. JA was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
**Orrin N. Carter (1854-1928) was born in Jefferson County, NY & graduated from Wheaton College in 1877. ONC served as a justice of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1906 to 1924.
"Carter Dissents To Jane Addams' Views on War", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 11, 1917.