Count on US: American Women in the Military

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In this clearly written, well-organized book, Nathan traces the gains women in the military have made from the Revolutionary War to the present day, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Glimpses of each time period are skillfully woven into the text, providing a solid historical overview. Each major war is discussed from the perspective of the female participants of that era, and quotes from individuals, insets with mini biographies, and an abundance of period photographs bring the narrative to life. The slow and...
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Overview

In this clearly written, well-organized book, Nathan traces the gains women in the military have made from the Revolutionary War to the present day, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Glimpses of each time period are skillfully woven into the text, providing a solid historical overview. Each major war is discussed from the perspective of the female participants of that era, and quotes from individuals, insets with mini biographies, and an abundance of period photographs bring the narrative to life. The slow and difficult transition from women acting as helpers on the battlefield to fighting as soldiers alongside their male counterparts is described in detail. A discussion of sexual harassment and racial discrimination sheds light on some of the problems women have faced. Readers will find this book valuable for research and interesting for browsing.

Reviews the history of American women's involvement in the Armed Forces from the Revolutionary War to the present.

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Publishers Weekly
The author of Yankee Doodle Gal offers another comprehensive historical account of women in history with Count on Us: American Women in the Military by Amy Nathan. Beginning with America's drive for independence during the Revolutionary War, the author relates the exploits and legends of America's first female fighters, including Deborah Samson, Native American Tyonajanegen and Margaret Corbin. She tracks the progress and challenges of uniformed women right up to their efforts in the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Interviews, photographs and personal accounts of several brave, female soldiers add further depth to the text. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This account of the remarkable evolution of women in the American military opens on a scene at Arlington National Cemetery in the fall of 1997. A crowd is gathered to dedicate the first memorial to honor the nearly two million women serving the U.S. armed forces throughout our nation's history. It is an unprecedented event marking the long struggle to achieve the privilege of defending America. Why would any woman willingly leave her traditional place in society to face danger and discrimination? One quote prominently displayed at the memorial encapsulates the answer. "It isn't just my brother's country or my husband's country, it's my country as well." It is, according to one veteran, a matter of women "taking their rightful place in society." This National Geographic Society publication displays a panoramic and extraordinary view of women's societal journey through time. It is a primer of details, explanations, true slice-of-life stories and interviews. Award-winning author Amy Nathan anticipates not only the expected questions from readers, but also the unexpected queries that might be sparked by some small fact or short account. She has achieved a style of writing that will appeal to a wide audience. It is neither too sophisticated for the young reader nor too patronizing for the more mature. The book is well punctuated with black and white pictures, illustrations and vignettes to control the pace of the story. If choosing only one book to tell the story of women in the military, make it this one. 2004, The National Geographic Society, Ages 8 to 12.
—Francine Thomas
School Library Journal
History and personal narrative combine here to provide an impressive overview of women who have served our country in times of military conflict. The book covers the roles of women from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. It offers information on spies, nurses, aviators, mechanics, and more. Throughout, first-person accounts are offered in side boxes. Numerous black-and-white period reproductions and photos illustrate the book. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Women have served in every war this country has fought. From that first war on, while they cooked and cleaned and nursed, they also worked the guns, dug the trenches, and finessed the enemy. In this splendidly designed and lucid narrative, Nathan uses sidebars about individual women soldiers and medical personnel along with a rich array of photographs to personalize every conflict; chapters include the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, both World Wars, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan and Iraq. She does not flinch from the enormous obstacles put in the path of women who, for a variety of reasons, wanted to serve their country at war, nor from the prejudice and racism they encountered. She is plainspoken about the hardships and horrors, but also about how women worked, studied, learned, and did what needed to be done. Readers will also get a sense not only of how far women have come, but how far military science and medicine have progressed. Alert readers will also see clearly how far women have yet to go to achieve equality in and out of the service. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792263302
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Introduction / Remembered at Last 7
1 Revolutionary War 1775 - 1783 9
2 Civil War 1861 - 1865 15
3 World War I 1917 - 1918 25
4 World War II 1941 - 1945 37
5 Korean War 1950 - 1953 49
6 Vietnam War 1959 - 1975 55
7 Persian Gulf War 1990 - 1991 63
8 Keeping the Peace 1990s 73
9 Afghanistan, Iraq, & Beyond 79
Resources 86
Acknowledgments 88
Index 89
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