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The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I

The events of World War I changed the world forever — including women's role in it. In tracing the rise of the modern idea of the American "new woman," Lynn Dumenil tells the stories of a diverse group of women, including African Americans, dissidents, pacifists, reformers, and industrial workers. She shows how women activists staked their claim to loyal citizenship by framing their war work as homefront volunteers, overseas nurses, factory laborers, and support personnel as "the second line of defense."

But in assessing the impact of these contributions on traditional gender roles, Dumenil finds that portrayals of these new modern women did not always match with real and enduring change. Extensively researched and drawing upon popular culture sources as well as archival material, The Second Line of Defense offers a comprehensive study of American women and war and frames them in the broader context of the social, cultural, and political history of the era.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Lynn Dumenil
ISBN 1469652064
Publication Date Feb 1, 2019
Publisher University of North Carolina Press
Language English