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early 1890s. Also, joining Hull House in the fall of 1891, Julia Lathrop’s life-
long work with private charitable organizations ultimately influenced Jane
Addams’s understanding of the role Hull House could and should play in
the neighborhood. As Knight suggests, initially Addams was “uninterested in
issues of poverty” (227), but because she supported Lathrop’s efforts with the
Charity Organization Society, Addams inevitably found herself drawn into
poverty relief efforts.
    What may be of most interest to readers of Rhetoric & Public Affairs is
Louise Knight’s recreation of Addams’s intellectual journey. Though the prag-
matic matters that Addams faced in day-to-day life at Hull House profoundly
shaped her philosophy, Knight showed how they were always framed in the
concerns about citizenship and democracy. Citizen deftly weaves Addams’s
early inspirations (particularly her father) with her expanding philosophical
horizons. Knight carefully traces the influences of John Dewey, Leo Tolstoy, and
others throughout the decade and shows the reader how Addams melds their
ideas with her own. Ultimately, Knight makes a case for writing an extensive
“half-life” (409) biography. She does, however, a nice job of laying the ground-
work for understanding Addams’s significant contributions in the early twen-
tieth century and leaves the reader hoping that she continues with the task of
chronicling the remainder of Addams’s life.
Sherry R. Shepler                                          Saint Anselm College

Woodrow Wilson’s Western Tour: Rhetoric, Public Opinion, and the League of
  Nations. By J. Michael Hogan. College Station: Texas A&M University Press,
  2006; pp xi + 212. $17.95 paper.

Success can be judged by a number of standards. In Woodrow Wilson’s Western
Tour, J. Michael Hogan presents a new standard with which to judge Wilson’s
campaign for the League of Nations; he evaluates it in light of the ideal set
forth by Wilson himself. As an academic, Wilson laid out the characteristics
of an “orator-statesman,” and it is with this standard that Hogan measures the
president’s success. Hogan’s approach brings to light new information on
Wilson’s tour and encourages further academic inquiry into the role of
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