Jane Addams: “Passing of the War Virtues”

(1907)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

One of the chief concerns of Progressives was the establishment of effective institutions that could replace the notions of individualism and unrestrained commercialism that had characterized the Gilded Age. In chapter 8 of her book Newer Ideals of Peace (1907), entitled “Passing of the War Virtues,” Addams claims that a fairer society can be achieved only if the older military values that are considered founding virtues of the American social order are replaced by “the growth of that beneficent and progressive patriotism which we need for...

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