American Women in a World at War.pdf

American Women in a World at War

This title brings together twenty-five writings by women who share their rich and varied World War II experiences, from serving in the military to working on the home front to preparing for the postwar world. By providing evidence of their active and resourceful roles in the war effort as workers, wives, and mothers, these women offer eloquent testimony that World War II was indeed everybodys war. Litoff and Smith combine pieces by well-known writers, such as Margaret Culkin Banning and Nancy Wilson Ross, with important-but largely forgotten-personal accounts by ordinary women living in extraordinary times. This volume is divided into the six sections listed below: Preparing for War
In the Military
At Far-Flung Fronts
On the Home Front
War Jobs
Preparing for the Postwar World

Women’s successful participation in World War I was an important precedent for expanding roles of American women in the military and for developing the military establishment’s acceptance of women’s service in the US Armed Forces. Almost 400,000 women served the armed forces—a number that exceeded total male troop strength in 1939. The American Women’s Hospitals in World War I …

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