Good-Bye, Piccadilly: British War Brides in America

Overview

As much of the world tried to return to normal living and working patterns after World War II, some 70,000 British women chose to be uprooted from the homeland they knew and loved. These were British war brides, a uniformly young group who by marrying American servicemen became part of the largest single group of female immigrants to the United States. Though the women came to the U.S. from all parts of the British Isles, they were an unusually homogeneous group, averaging 23 years of age, from working- or ...
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Overview

As much of the world tried to return to normal living and working patterns after World War II, some 70,000 British women chose to be uprooted from the homeland they knew and loved. These were British war brides, a uniformly young group who by marrying American servicemen became part of the largest single group of female immigrants to the United States. Though the women came to the U.S. from all parts of the British Isles, they were an unusually homogeneous group, averaging 23 years of age, from working- or lower-middle-class families and having completed mandatory schooling to the age of fourteen. For the most part they emigrated alone and didn't move into an existing immigrant population. Jenel Virden draws on records in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Public Record Office in London, as well as questionnaires and personal interviews, in relating the women's story. Virden finds that the marriages actually took place in spite of, rather than because of, the war. And, while the women benefited from special nonrestrictive immigration legislation - and found public welcomes and a good deal of favorable publicity when they arrived - they also had much in common with other immigrant groups, including a strong sense of ethnic identity.
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Library Journal
The daughter of a World War II British war bride, Virden has penned a work about the experiences of this overlooked category of immigrants to the United States. Instead of a personal narrative, she has chosen to write a dispassionate analysis of the phenomenon based upon her study of archival material, statistics, questionnaires, and selective interviews. The result is informative but not very involving. That the war brides made huge sacrifices in leaving their homeland to begin new lives with men they hardly knew, that they overcame a mountain of red tape, culture shock, and a degree of anti-British prejudice, and that they felt lost between two worlds are predictable conclusions that need little quantitative substantiation. In-depth case studies or lengthy interviews, rather than the occasional anecdote, could have brought these generalized findings to life. While valuable for sociologists and other academics, this work will have little appeal in public libraries.Rose M. Cichy, Osterhout Free Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252065286
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: Statue of Liberty Ellis Island
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 709,722
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Neglected Voices 1
2 The Second World War in Britain 11
3 Overseas Marriages 30
4 Gaining Entry to America 49
5 From the Old World to the New 64
6 Transatlantic Divorce, Paternity, and Incomplete Immigration 89
7 Transitions 106
8 Conceptual Assimilation 130
Appendix: Research Note 147
Notes 151
Bibliography 169
Index 173
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