This title brings together twenty-five writings by women who share their rich and varied World War II experiences, from serving in the military to working on the home front to preparing for the postwar world. By providing evidence of their active and resourceful roles in the war effort as workers, wives, and mothers, these women offer eloquent testimony that World War II was indeed everybody's war. Litoff and Smith combine pieces by well-known writers, such as Margaret Culkin Banning and Nancy Wilson Ross, with important-but largely forgotten-personal accounts by ordinary women living in extraordinary times. This volume is divided into the six sections listed below: * Preparing for War * In the Military * At 'Far-Flung' Fronts * On the Home Front * War Jobs * Preparing for the Postwar World
Judy Barrett Litoff is professor of history at Bryant College. David C. Smith is Bird and Bird Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Maine.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 I Preparing for War Chapter 3 Women for Defense Chapter 4 Women in the War Chapter 5 The Negro Woman in National Defense Part 6 II In the Military Chapter 7 Yes, Ma'am!: The Personal Papers of a WAAC Private Chapter 8 The WAVES: The Story of the Girls in Blue Chapter 9 Three Years Behind the Mast Chapter 10 Shakedown Cruise Part 11 III At "Far-Flung" Fronts Chapter 12 Navy Nurse Chapter 13 I Served on Bataan Chapter 14 G.I. Nightingale Chapter 15 Home Away from Home Chapter 16 I Knew Your Soldier Chapter 17 Shooting the Russian War Part 18 IV On the Home Front Chapter 19 Camp Follower Chapter 20 If Your Baby Must Travel in Wartime Chapter 21 So Your Husband's Gone to War! Chapter 22 The Negro Woman Serves America Part 23 War Jobs Chapter 24 Arms and the Girl Chapter 25 Negro Women War Workers Chapter 26 Shipyard Diary of a Woman Welder Chapter 27 Women and Farm Work Part 28 VI Preparing for the Postwar World Chapter 29 Out of the Kitchen-Into the War Chapter 30 Women Workers in Transition from War to Peace Chapter 31 Women's Responsibility in World Affairs Chapter 32 Our Stake in Tomorrow's World Chapter 33 Suggested Readings