From the Publisher
"If Pushing the Limits is what new books for students are like, I'm going back to school!"Linda K. Kerber, Professor of History, University of Iowa, and author of Women of the Republic
"During the 1950s and 1960s, mom and apple pie were upbeat images, but May does a fine job of chronicling the dark side of this phenomenon, including the mental and emotional price paid by those who didn't follow the rules."Booklist
"Lively, fascinating, lucid, accessible, balanceda fine resource that belongs in every library."Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This refreshingly different look at history, social trends, and pop culture lends itself beautifully to classroom discussionn, and will also be useful for reports."School Library Journal (starred review)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Leading historical scholars tell the story of America as women experienced it. The eleven volume "Young Oxford History of Women in the United States" series focuses on dramatic incidents and personal detail of women from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds at home, at work and in pursuit of their dreams. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions of art enhance this excellent series. Each book covers one historical period. Volume 9 addresses American women's experiences in the 1940-1961 time period.
School Library Journal
Gr 9-12-May explores the times that produced feminists from the ``Rosie the Riveters'' of World War II to Betty Friedan, and the activists, housewives, artists, and others who came in between. Primary sources, including interviews and articles, bring the experiences of these women to life. May makes an effort to include many cultures; she briefly mentions the contributions of Menominee and Navajo women, and those of the Mexicana labor leader Luisa Moreno. The book also includes a fairly detailed account of the beginnings of the civil rights movement. Chapters on dating and reproduction contain information not usually found in history books. Discussions of family size, contraception and abortion, and extramarital affairs reveal much about the times. Black-and-white photos-including a nice mix of historical figures and scenes from families, neighborhoods, and factories-will capture readers' interest. This refreshingly different look at history, social trends, and pop culture lends itself beautifully to classroom discussion, and will also be useful for reports.-Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh