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not allow him to eat with other sociologists. Du Bois was also an accomplished novelist and wrote the 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk (Henslin 11), which detailed changes that occurred within the African American community in the 30 years following the civil war. During this time, women were also dealing with oppression and inequality. Jane Addams was one of the first sociologists and a passionate social reformer (Henslin 10). Addams came from a background of wealth and privilege, but while attending medical school she saw first-hand the struggles and poverty faced by London’s poor. This stuck with her, and she strove to bridge the gap between the powerful and the powerless. Addams co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union and campaigned for the 8-hour workday and child labor laws. She also authored several books on democracy and peace, and ultimately become a co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1931. Another early theory in sociology was symbolic interactionism. This theory was founded by George Herbert Mead . Mead studied face-to-face interaction and examined how people made sense out of life (Henslin, 14). Everything in life has a symbol- a restaurant, a flag, a road. Mead studied these symbols and how people reacted to them. In Henslin’s textbook, marriage was used as an example (15). At one point, marriage was a symbol of an obligation and lifelong commitment. Overtime, this belief has changed.
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