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Women of Valor: The Struggle Against the Great Depression As Told in Their Own Life Stories
     

Women of Valor: The Struggle Against the Great Depression As Told in Their Own Life Stories

by Bernard Sternsher
 
The struggle against the Great Depression as told in excerpts from the life stories of sixteen talented and influential women who confronted the problems that affected ordinary women. A landmark collection. —Mary Banas, Booklist

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The struggle against the Great Depression as told in excerpts from the life stories of sixteen talented and influential women who confronted the problems that affected ordinary women. A landmark collection. —Mary Banas, Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Journal of American History
Valuable...a worthy addition to the growing canon of primary sources concerning both American women's history and the history of the depression.
Booklist - Mary Banas
A landmark collection...lucid, well organized, and simply extraordinary.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This welcome history casts light on the critical but often overlooked roles played by women in the 1930s. As the editors of the writings excerpted here observe, ``the United States could never have survived the Depression without the collective contributions of American womanhood.'' Of the 16 women represented, (among them Dorothy Day, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, ``Mother'' Bloor), the majority are city dwellers who at one time worked in New York. Most of the women are white and Protestant; their economic backgrounds are diverse and their marital histories often troubled. Each reveals the personal courage that motivated entry into public life in a time of narrowed resources and opportunities for most women. Those represented here are in the vanguard of social activism as we know it today. Both editors are history professors who teach in Ohio, Sternsher at Bowling Green State University, Sealander at Wright State University. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This collection comprises 16 excerpts from the published autobiographies of women active in public roles during the Depression. The mix includes prominent women, like Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, Lillian Wald, and Dorothy Day, as well as less familiar contributors, such as black journalist Ellen Terry, labor organizer Lucy Randolph Mason, and socialist writer Mary Heaton Vorse. Each selection compels attention, and together they offer a sampling of the variety of work women did in government service, labor organizing, radical politics, and the arts. The general reader looking for inspirational tales from an American crucible will find this anthology valuable.-- Cyn thia Harrison, Federal Judicial Ctr., Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929587349
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
08/28/1990
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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