Fruits of Victory

Fruits of Victory

The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War

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Baker & Taylor
"Imagine a more controversial Rosie the Riveter--a generation older and more outlandish for her time. She was the 'farmerette' of the Woman's Land Army of America (WLA), doing a man's job on the home front during World War I. From 1917 to 1920 the WLA sent more than twenty thousand urban women into rural America to take over farm work after the men went off to war and food shortages threatened the nation. These women, from all social and economic strata, lived together in communal camps and did what was considered 'men's work': plowing fields, driving tractors, planting, harvesting, and hauling lumber. The Land Army was a civilian enterprise organized and financed by women. It insisted on fair labor practices and pay equal to male laborers' wages for itsworkers and taught women not only agricultural skills but also leadership and management techniques. Despite their initial skepticism, farmers became the WLA's loudest champions, and the farmerette was celebrated as an icon of American women's patriotismand pluck. The WLA's short but spirited life foreshadowed some of the most significant social issues of the twentieth century: women's changing roles, the problem of class distinctions in a democracy, and the physiological and psychological differences between men and women. The dramatic story of the WLA is vividly retold here using long-buried archival material, allowing a fascinating chapter of America's World War I experience to be rediscovered"--

Univ of Nebraska
Imagine a more controversial Rosie the Riveter—a generation older and more outlandish for her time. She was the “farmerette” of the Woman’s Land Army of America (WLA), doing a man’s job on the home front during World War I.

From 1917 to 1920 the WLA sent more than twenty thousand urban women into rural America to take over farm work after the men went off to war and food shortages threatened the nation. These women, from all social and economic strata, lived together in communal camps and did what was considered “men’s work”: plowing fields, driving tractors, planting, harvesting, and hauling lumber. The Land Army was a civilian enterprise organized and financed by women. It insisted on fair labor practices and pay equal to male laborers’ wages for its workers and taught women not only agricultural skills but also leadership and management techniques. Despite their initial skepticism, farmers became the WLA’s loudest champions, and the farmerette was celebrated as an icon of American women’s patriotism and pluck.

The WLA’s short but spirited life foreshadowed some of the most significant social issues of the twentieth century: women’s changing roles, the problem of class distinctions in a democracy, and the physiological and psychological differences between men and women.

The dramatic story of the WLA is vividly retold here using long-buried archival material, allowing a fascinating chapter of America’s World War I experience to be rediscovered.



Book News
Weiss, a journalist, tells the story of the women who served in the Woman's Land Army of America during World War I, known as farmerettes, who took over farm work in the rural parts of the country after men were called to fight in the war. Using archival materials, newspaper accounts, and photos, she traces the roots of this volunteer corps to political and social movements such as the Women's Land Army of Great Britain, suffrage, urban and rural reform, scientific work management, and labor rights, and brings their forgotten history to light. She also describes specific work in California, Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois, New England, New Jersey, Georgia, and other states. Distributed by Books International. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781597972734
1597972738
Characteristics: xi, 315 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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