History

Our Mothers' War

American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II

Author: Emily Yellin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439103586

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 4371

"Our women are serving actively in many ways in this war, and they are doing a grand job on both the fighting front and the home front." -- Eleanor Roosevelt, 1944 Our Mothers' War is a stunning and unprecedented portrait of women during World War II, a war that forever transformed the way women participate in American society. Never before has the vast range of American women's experience during this pivotal era been brought together in one book. Now, Our Mothers' War re-creates what American women from all walks of life were doing and thinking, on the home front and abroad. Like all great histories, Our Mothers' War began with an illuminating discovery. After finding a journal and letters her mother had written while serving with the Red Cross in the Pacific, journalist Emily Yellin started unearthing what her mother and other women of her mother's generation went through during a time when their country asked them to step into roles they had never been invited, or allowed, to fill before. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including personal interviews and previously unpublished letters and diaries, Yellin shows what went on in the hearts and minds of the real women behind the female images of World War II -- women working in war plants; mothers and wives sending their husbands and sons off to war and sometimes death; women joining the military for the first time in American history; nurses operating in battle zones in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific; and housewives coping with rationing. Yellin also delves into lesser-known stories, including: tales of female spies, pilots, movie stars, baseball players, politicians, prostitutes, journalists, and even fictional characters; firsthand accounts from the wives of the scientists who created the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, African-American women who faced Jim Crow segregation laws at home even as their men were fighting enemy bigotry and injustice abroad, and Japanese-American women locked up as prisoners in their own country. Yellin explains how Wonder Woman was created in 1941 to fight the Nazi menace and became the first female comic book superhero, as well as how Marilyn Monroe was discovered in 1944 while working with her mother-in-law packing parachutes at a war plant in Burbank, California. Our Mothers' War gives center stage to those who might be called "the other American soldiers."
History

We Are a College at War

Women Working for Victory in World War II

Author: Mary Weaks-Baxter,Christine Bruun,Catherine Forslund

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809385910

Category: History

Page: 237

View: 4506

We Are a College at War weaves together the individual World War II experiences of students and faculty at the all-female Rockford College (now Rockford University) in Rockford, Illinois, to draw a broader picture of the role American women and college students played during this defining period in U.S. history. It uses the Rockford community’s letters, speeches, newspaper stories, and personal recollections to demonstrate how American women during the Second World War claimed the right to be everywhere—in factories and other traditionally male workplaces, and even on the front lines—and links their efforts to the rise of feminism and the fight for women’s rights in the 1960s and 1970s.
History

American Women during World War II

An Encyclopedia

Author: Doris Weatherford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135201897

Category: History

Page: 552

View: 4530

American Women during World War II documents the lives and stories of women who contributed directly to the war effort via official and semi-official military organizations, as well as the millions of women who worked in civilian defense industries, ranging from aircraft maintenance to munitions manufacturing and much more. It also illuminates how the war changed the lives of women in more traditional home front roles. All women had to cope with rationing of basic household goods, and most women volunteered in war-related programs. Other entries discuss institutional change, as the war affected every aspect of life, including as schools, hospitals, and even religion. American Women during World War II provides a handy one-volume collection of information and images suitable for any public or professional library.
Fiction

Lady Africa

Roman

Author: Paula McLain

Publisher: Aufbau Digital

ISBN: 3841210287

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 9473

Die Frau, die den Himmel bezwang. Aufgewachsen als Tochter eines Lords im afrikanischen Busch, interessiert sich die junge Beryl nicht für Seidenkleider und Etikette. Dafür ist sie stark und mutig wie ein Kipsigis-Junge und hat von ihrem Vater alles über Rassepferde gelernt. Doch im britischen Protektorat – dem späteren Kenia – der vorigen Jahrhundertwende ist kein Platz für solch ein ungezähmtes Mädchen. Bis sie in Karen Blixen eine Seelenverwandte findet – und in deren Geliebtem, dem Flieger und Großwildjäger Denys Finch Hutton, das Abenteuer ihres Lebens. Die Autorin des internationalen Bestsellers „Madame Hemingway“ erzählt in diesem großen Afrika-Epos die wahre Geschichte der Flugpionierin Beryl Markham, die als erste Frau den Atlantik überquerte.

Shaping Our Mothers' World

American Women's Magazines

Author: Nancy A. Walker

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617034268

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 6761

Fiction

Die Unvollendete

Author: Kate Atkinson

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426420465

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 3380

Was wäre, wenn man sein Leben wieder und wieder leben könnte, bis man schließlich alles perfekt gemacht hätte? Wäre man dann ein glücklicher Mensch? Ursula Todd ist eine für ihre Zeit ganz besondere Frau: unabhängig, modern, realistisch. Mit Humor begegnet sie nicht nur ihrer skurrilen Familie, sondern auch den seltsamen Ereignissen in ihrem Leben. Wie jeder erlebt sie Situationen, in denen sie sich fragt: Was wäre, wenn? Was wäre geschehen, wenn sich ihre Teenagerliebe erfüllt hätte? Was wäre geschehen, wenn sie studiert hätte? Oder was wäre aus ihr geworden, wenn sie nicht in England, sondern in einem anderen Land aufgewachsen wäre? Wäre ihr Leben schrecklicher oder besser verlaufen? Doch anders als anderen Menschen bleibt es für Ursula nicht bei diesen Fragen. Ihr ist es gegeben, ihr Leben immer wieder zu korrigieren und damit jeden Fehler zu beseitigen. Dennoch erlebt sie Verlust, Verrat, Krieg und Tod. Was also soll diese Gabe? Ist es überhaupt möglich, sein Leben fehlerlos zu leben?
History

Hidden Figures - Unerkannte Heldinnen

Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 3959676433

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 534

1943 stellt das Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory der NACA,die später zur NASA wird, erstmalig afroamerikanische Frauen ein. "Menschliche Rechner" - unter ihnen Dorothy Vaughan, die 1953 Vorgesetzte der brillanten afroamerikanischen Mathematikerin Katherine Johnson wird. Trotz Diskriminierung und Vorurteilen, treiben sie die Forschungen der NASA voran und Katherine Johnsons Berechnungen werden maßgeblich für den Erfolg der Apollo-Missionen. Dies ist ihre Geschichte. "Mit dieser unglaublich mitreißenden und vielschichtigen Erzählung zeigt Shetterly ihr Können. Die Geschichte begeistert in allen Aspekten." Booklist
Biography & Autobiography

Das Mädchen Anne Frank

Die Biographie

Author: Melissa Müller

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104021112

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

View: 9647

Vollständig überarbeitete, um unbekanntes Material erweiterte Neuausgabe der maßgeblichen Biographie Anne Franks. Melissa Müllers fesselnde Biographie der Anne Frank erregte Ende der 1990er Jahre international großes Aufsehen. Zwei zuvor geheimgehaltene Tagebucheinträge Annes sowie Briefe und Aufzeichnungen nie zuvor befragter Zeitzeugen erweiterten das Bild der Familie Frank um wesentliche Facetten. Die Verfilmung des Buchs wurde 2001 mit dem Emmy-Award ausgezeichnet. In dieser überarbeiteten Neuausgabe kann Melissa Müller anhand neuester Forschungsergebnisse und nach Durchsicht erst kürzlich freigegebener Akten umfassender untersuchen, wer zum Netzwerk der Mitwisser gehörte und die Untergetauchten verraten haben könnte; bisher noch nie publizierte Fotos ergänzen das Bild. »Eine gründlich recherchierte und packende Biographie« Der Spiegel »Eine erzählerisch starke und souveräne Verknüpfung biographischer und historischer Details« The Times
Fiction

Der Report der Magd

Roman

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492970591

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 898

Die provozierende Vision eines totalitären Staats, in dem Frauen keine Rechte haben: Die Dienerin Desfred besitzt etwas, was ihr alle Machthaber, Wächter und Spione nicht nehmen können, nämlich ihre Hoffnung auf ein Entkommen, auf Liebe, auf Leben ... Margaret Atwoods »Report der Magd« wurde zum Kultbuch einer ganzen Generation und von Volker Schlöndorff unter dem Titel »Die Geschichte der Dienerin« verfilmt.
Fiction

Deine Juliet

Roman

Author: Mary Ann Shaffer,Annie Barrows

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641184509

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 6541

Willkommen im Club der Guernseyer Freunde von Dichtung und Kartfoffelschalenauflauf London, Ende der vierziger Jahre: Die junge Schriftstellerin Juliet erhält einen ungewöhnlichen Brief. Absender ist Dawsey Adams, ein Bauer von der Kanalinsel Guernsey, der antiquarisch ein Buch erworben hat, das zuvor ihr gehörte. Zwischen den beiden entspinnt sich ein Briefwechsel, durch den Juliet von der Existenz der »Guernseyer Freunde von Dichtung und Kartoffelschalenauflauf« erfährt, einer literarischen Gesellschaft, die einige der Inselbewohner gründeten, um sich über die schwere Kriegszeit hinwegzuhelfen. Je mehr Juliet über Dawsey und die anderen erfährt, desto mehr wünscht sie sich diese Menschen zu treffen. Und so beschließt sie, auf die Insel zu reisen. Dort stößt Juliet auf die Geschichte von Elizabeth, einem verschollenen Mitglied des Clubs, und ihrer großen Liebe zu einem deutschen Offizier. Und sie lernt Dawsey immer besser kennen...
Social Science

Bitter fruit

African American women in World War II

Author: Maureen Honey

Publisher: University of Missouri

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 401

View: 6940

Despite the participation of African American women in all aspects of home-front activity during World War II, advertisements, recruitment posters, and newsreels portrayed largely white women as army nurses, defense plant workers, concerned mothers, and steadfast wives. This sea of white faces left for posterity images such as Rosie the Riveter, obscuring the contributions that African American women made to the war effort. In Bitter Fruit, Maureen Honey corrects this distorted picture of women's roles in World War II by collecting photos, essays, fiction, and poetry by and about black women from the four leading African American periodicals of the war period: Negro Digest, The Crisis, Opportunity, and Negro Story. Mostly appearing for the first time since their original publication, the materials in Bitter Fruit feature black women operating technical machinery, working in army uniforms, entertaining audiences, and pursuing a college education. The articles praise the women's accomplishments as pioneers working toward racial equality; the fiction and poetry depict female characters in roles other than domestic servants and give voice to the bitterness arising from discrimination that many women felt. With these various images, Honey masterfully presents the roots of the postwar civil rights movement and the leading roles black women played in it. Containing works from eighty writers, this anthology includes forty African American women authors, most of whose work has not been published since the war. Of particular note are poems and short stories anthologized for the first time, including Ann Petry's first story, Octavia Wynbush's last work of fiction, and three poems by Harlem Renaissance writer Georgia Douglas Johnson. Uniting these various writers was their desire to write in the midst of a worldwide military conflict with dramatic potential for ending segregation and opening doors for women at home. Traditional anthologies of African American literature jump from the Harlem Renaissance to the 1960s with little or no reference to the decades between those periods. Bitter Fruit not only illuminates the literature of these decades but also presents an image of black women as community activists that undercuts gender stereotypes of the era. As Honey concludes in her introduction, "African American women found an empowered voice during the war, one that anticipates the fruit of their wartime effort to break silence, to challenge limits, and to change forever the terms of their lives."
History

The Women Who Wrote the War

The Riveting Saga of World War II's Daredevil Women Correspondents

Author: Nancy Caldwell Sorel

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

ISBN: 9781559704939

Category: History

Page: 458

View: 7265

Celebrates the accomplishments of World War II's female war correspondents, who risked their lives in combat zones to provide firsthand reports on the events of the war
History

They Also Served

American Women in World War II

Author: Olga Gruhzit-Hoyt

Publisher: Birch Lane Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 279

View: 3826

WASPs, WACs, WAVEs, Marines, Army and Navy nurses, cooks, clerks, OSS intelligence gatherers, and other service women--forty in all--offer intimate, first-hand accounts of their rigorous experiences overseas and the mistreatment they sometimes faced.
History

Soviet Women on the Frontline in the Second World War

Author: R. Markwick,E. Charon Cardona,Euridice Charon Cardona

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230362540

Category: History

Page: 305

View: 2751

This is the first comprehensive study in English of Soviet women who fought against the genocidal, misogynist, Nazi enemy on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Drawing on a vast array of original archival, memoir, and published sources, this book captures the everyday experiences of Soviet women fighting, living and dying on the front.
Fiction

Kriegslicht

Roman

Author: Michael Ondaatje

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446261338

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2064

Nach Kriegsende wird der vierzehnjährige Nathaniel mit seiner Schwester Rachel von den Eltern in London zurückgelassen. Der geheimnisvolle „Falter", der sie in Obhut genommen hat, und dessen exzentrische Freunde kümmern sich fürsorglich um sie. Wer aber sind diese Menschen wirklich? Und was hat es zu bedeuten, dass die Mutter nach langem Schweigen aus dem Nichts wieder zurückkehrt? „Meine Sünden sind vielfältig", wiederholt sie, mehr gibt sie nicht preis. Als er erwachsen ist, beginnt Nathaniel die geheime Vergangenheit seiner Mutter als Spionin im Kalten Krieg aufzuspüren. Fünfundzwanzig Jahre nach dem „Englischen Patienten" hat Michael Ondaatje ein neues Meisterwerk geschrieben.
Biography & Autobiography

Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys

An American Woman in World War II

Author: James H. Madison

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 1726

Elizabeth Richardson was a Red Cross volunteer who worked as a Clubmobile hostess during World War II until her death in a plane crash in July 1945. Her job was to provide free doughnuts and coffee, cigarettes and gum to American soldiers on duty in England, and later in France. More importantly, she and her colleagues provided a slice of home. They were American girls with whom soldiers could talk, flirt, dance, and perhaps find companionship. For the most part, the job was not hazardous--except when V-1 rockets rained down on London--but it required physical endurance as well as the honed skills of a counselor. Liz Richardson was a witty writer and astute observer. Her letters and diaries reveal an intelligent, independent, and personable woman. In his commentary, James H. Madison provides information about her life, the activities of the Red Cross Clubmobiles, and the war. This book is an exceptional window into a past that is all too quickly fading from memory.
Biography & Autobiography

Mollie's War

The Letters of a World War II WAC in Europe

Author: Mollie Weinstein Schaffer,Cyndee Schaffer,Jennifer G. Mathers

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 281

View: 3332

"This memoir describes the life of a WAC enlistee who would serve in England when it came under attack, France immediately after the invasion, and Germany after VE Day. From her experience in basic training to her return home, this text provides a glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this time in American history"--Provided by publisher.
Music

Swing Shift

“All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s

Author: Sherrie Tucker

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822328179

Category: Music

Page: 413

View: 621

Details the history of all-women's swing bands that toured extensively during World War II and after, providing first-hand accounts, archival research, and information on how the bands affected American society and culture.