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Rosie the Riveter revisited : women, the war, and social change /
Sherna Berger Gluck.
Boston, MA : G.K. Hall, 1987.
xiii, 282 p. : ports.
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Boston, MA : G.K. Hall, 1987.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1987-05-15:
The poster image of the blonde housewife working in a factory to help her soldier husband win World War II is dispelled by the 10 women (out of forty-five interviewed for an oral history project) who tell their stories here. Blacks and Latinas as well as whites, they entered industry, not only out of patriotism, but for economic opportunity. The experience changed their lives. They gained confidence as well as skills; their horizons broadened as they worked with people outside their own ethnic groups. War work was not an exception, but part of the occasionally interrupted continuum of their working lives. Her perceptive conclusion places their experience as part of the process of incremental change occurring from the 1930s through the war years and the much-maligned 1950s. This valuable new perspective is recommended for public and academic libraries. Mary Drake McFeely, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1987-11:
A carefully edited collection of the oral histories of ten women who worked in the southern California aircraft industry during WW II. Gluck's book examines both the impact of the war on women and the broader issue of the process of social change. Gluck (California State University, Long Beach) provides helpful commentary throughout as well as a useful introduction and summary analysis. The oral histories show that although the war changed both the circumstances and the consciousness of women workers, the extent of the war's impact depended upon such individual factors as age, class, race or ethnicity, personality, and life-cycle stage. Demonstrating that social change is a complicated process, and that women's wartime and postwar experience was a mixture of change and continuity, this study nicely supplements such standard accounts as Karen Anderson's Wartime Women (CH, Sep '81), D'Ann Campbell's Women at War with America (CH, Mar '85), and Susan Hartmann's The Home Front and Beyond (CH, Jul '83). Recommended especially for advanced undergraduates, but general readers and specialists will find the book engaging and useful.-J.W. Jeffries, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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Booklist, May 1987
Library Journal, May 1987
Choice, November 1987
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