Into the Breach: American Women Overseas in World War I

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During the First World War, thousands of American women sailed to Europe, some to try to end the war, most to participate in its conduct or succor its victims. A few hundred were members of the U.S. Army; more than 10,000 held quasi-military status as nurses (but without military pay, benefits, or pensions); another 10,000 found or created their own wartime jobs.

Although most of these women have vanished completely from memory, the accounts they left of themselves remain to ...

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Overview

During the First World War, thousands of American women sailed to Europe, some to try to end the war, most to participate in its conduct or succor its victims. A few hundred were members of the U.S. Army; more than 10,000 held quasi-military status as nurses (but without military pay, benefits, or pensions); another 10,000 found or created their own wartime jobs.

Although most of these women have vanished completely from memory, the accounts they left of themselves remain to reveal them in all their remarkable diversity. Memoirs, letters, newspaper reports, novels and diaries, from doctors, pilots, photographers, journalists, interpreters, telephone operators and entertainers tell the story of these neglected veterans of World War I.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780670839360
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1. The Entrepreneurial War 1
2. Common Experiences 25
The Participants
3. To the Rescue 33
The American Community Abroad 33
Ad Hoc Organizations 49
The American Red Cross 54
The American Friends 62
College Groups 71
4. Binding Up the Wounds 79
The Medical Needs 79
American Women in Foreign Medical Systems 81
American Organizations 87
American Medical Women: Who Did What 94
5. Aid and Comfort 118
Canteening 118
In Service to Women--The YWCA 139
Books for Sammies 149
Trouping for the Troops 154
6. The Black Record 168
7. The Hello Girls 177
The Recorders
8. The Reporters 188
Amateurs and Chance Observers 188
Journalists on the Western Front 196
Reporting the Russian Revolution 212
9. The Novelists 231
The Protestors
10. The Women's War Against War 246
Conclusion
11. The Front as Frontier 264
Appendices
A. Numbers of American Women in Europe in War-Connected Activities, 1914-18 287
B. World War I Chronology 290
Notes 293
Bibliography
Fiction and Poetry 324
Memoirs and Biographies 326
Organizations 335
Reference Works 340
Women and War 341
World War I 345
Acknowledgments 349
Index 352
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