(6) Reform Subjects

Women’s Christian Temperance Union of Carrie Nation

by Brad Kellogg by Raija Weiershauser

Come along on a Woman’s Christian Temperance Union crusade through the speakeasies, saloons and hoochie coochie tents of pre-prohibition times.  Weiershauser and Kellogg share the stories of crusaders like Carrie Nation who, with bible in one hand and a hatchet in the other, sought to reform society through creation of a “sober and pure world.”

Frederick Douglass – The Voice of Abolition

by Spencer Davis

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was the leading African American abolitionist of the nineteenth century.  His “Narrative,” published in 1845, is a classic account of self-education as well as the most influential slave narrative.  Douglass’s belief that the progress from slavery to freedom required mental liberation as well as physical liberation provides the theme for this presentation.

Voicing a Cause, Voicing a Self: Jane Addams of Hull House

by Helen M. Lewis

Throughout her long career advocating the needs of impoverished immigrants, exploited laborers, youth criminals and war victims, Jane Addams valued Hull House, her settlement house in Chicago, as the center from which she and her colleagues could assist others and improve society, while adding meaning to their own lives. She trusted social democracy to restore dignity to the marginal. Her many publications reveal a person finding identity and purpose through her causes. The presentation, done in costume, helps to explain the path chosen by this Nobel Peace Prize recipient, as well as to convey the relevance of Addams’ work and ideas today.