In the 1930s and 1940s American women, like women elsewhere in the Western world, experienced three very different and contradictory historical phases: women in the nation's workforce, denounced as parasites in the face of mass unemployment during the Depression, were courted to replace men in the US economy during the Second World War only to be dismissed to return to their "natural realm", the home, as the GIs came back from the front. The contributors to this volume discuss some of the questions which pose themselves when one looks back to this period: how did American women respond to the period's confusingly contradictory discourse on woman's place and woman's role in American society? Did women allow themselves to be shoved around like pawns on the national chessboard? There is no better way of finding the answers to these questions than by looking at the literature written by American women, which gives an excellent insight into the perceptions, feelings and ways of life of women at this time. The picture which emerges is as varied, rich and complex as the experiences it reflects. This collection does only deal with white, middle-class women of mainly Protestant extraction but with Italian and especially Afro-American women as well.
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Descrizione libro Berg Pub Ltd, 1990. Condizione libro: Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP89550442