From Ballots to Breadlines: American Women 1920-1940

From Ballots to Breadlines: American Women 1920-1940

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From Ballots to Breadlines: American Women 1920-1940 by Sarah Jane Deutsch

The Roaring Twenties are remembered as years of prosperity and frivolity that ended abruptly with the Great Depression of the 1930s. But for women there was continuity to these years, as their ability to effect change in political, cultural, and economic arenas began to gain strength. These "new women" listened to radio, starred in movies, and reigned as consumers. They could legally vote on the same basis as men everywhere in the U.S. They wore clothes that scandalized their grandparents but were far more comfortable than anything their mothers ever wore. In Eleanor Roosevelt, they found a model recognized internationally as a leading influence on American policy. But not all women shared equally in this emancipation. Black women, Jewish women, Native American women, poor women, immigrant women—they found many of the newly opened doors slammed shut for them. Even in the prosperous days of the flapper, some women faced a daily battle for survival. Meet educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune, anthropologists Margaret Mead and Zora Neale Hurston, tennis champion Helen Wills, Harlem Renaissance writer Jessie Fauset, blues singers Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, Olympic medalist Babe Didrikson, lawyers, psychologists, labor leaders, farmworkers, housewives, and the host of women who shaped these decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195124064
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/1994
Series: Young Oxford History of Women in the United States Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah Jane Deutsch is associate professor of history at Clark University, where she was awarded the Oliver and Dorothy Hayden Junior Faculty Fellowship for excellence in research and teaching. She is the author of No Separate Refuge: Culture, Class, and Gender on an Anglo Hispanic Frontier in the American Southwest, 1880 1940, which won the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools. She lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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