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Bitter fruit : African American women in World War II

Honey, Maureen, 1945- (Added Author).

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  • OCLC: ocm45727632
  • ISBN: 0826212654
  • ISBN: 9780826212658
  • ISBN: 0826212425
  • ISBN: 9780826212429
  • ISBN: 9780826212658
  • ISBN: 0826212654
  • ISBN: 0826260799
  • ISBN: 9780826260796
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xix, 401 pages) : illustrations
  • Published: Columbia [Mo.] :University of Missouri Press,[1999]
  • Publisher: Columbia [Mo.] : University of Missouri Press, [1999]

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Note: Chiefly material reprinted from The crisis, Opportunity, Negro digest, and Negro story.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-390) and indexes.
Contents: War work -- Racism on the home front -- The double victory campaign -- Popular culture and the arts.
Summary: "Despite the participation of African American women in all aspects of home-front activity during World War II, advertisements, recruitment posters, and newsreels portrayed largely white women as army nurses, defense plant workers, concerned mothers, and steadfast wives. This sea of white faces left for posterity images such as Rosie the Riveter, obscuring the contributions that African American women made to the war effort." "Traditional anthologies of African American literature jump from the Harlem Renaissance to the 1960s with little or no reference to the decades between those periods. Bitter Fruit not only illuminates the literature of these decades but also presents an image of black women as community activists that undercuts gender stereotypes of the era."--Jacket.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States
African American women -- History -- 20th century

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