Rosie the Riveter Revisited: Women, the War and Social Change

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The poster image of the blonde housewife working in a factory to help her soldier husband win World War II is dispelled by the 10 women (out of forty-five interviewed for an oral history project) who tell their stories here. Blacks and Latinas as well as whites, they entered industry, not only out of patriotism, but for economic opportunity. The experience changed their lives. They gained confidence as well as skills; their horizons broadened as they worked with people outside their own ethnic groups. War work was not an exception, but part of the occasionally interrupted continuum of their working lives. Her perceptive conclusion places their experience as part of the process of incremental change occurring from the 1930s through the war years and the much-maligned 1950s. This valuable new perspective is recommended for public and academic libraries. Mary Drake McFeely, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805790221
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/28/1987
  • Series: Oral History Ser.
  • Pages: 296

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Pt. I Introduction 1
Ch. 1 This is the Way the World Was: The United States on the Eve of World War II 2
Pt. II Negroes, Women, and Aliens: Women in the Work Force 19
Ch. 2 Fanny Christina Hill 22
Ch. 3 Marye Stumph 50
Ch. 4 Margarita Salazar McSweyn 70
Pt. III Bewitching Through Begrimed: The New Young Workers 99
Ch. 5 Betty Jeanne Boggs 102
Ch. 6 Juanita Loveless 124
Pt. IV Should Your Wife Take a War Job? The Homemaker Turned War Worker 151
Ch. 7 Charlcia Neuman 154
Ch. 8 Helen Studer 172
Ch. 9 Beatrice Morales Clifton 198
Ch. 10 Marie Baker 220
Pt. V How Can I Help You? The Women's Counselors 239
Ch. 11 Susan Laughlin 242
Pt. VI Conclusion 257
Ch. 12 What Did It All Mean? 258
Notes 271
Appendix: Research Note 276
Index 278
Note about the Author 282
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