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Riveting and Rationing in Dixie: Alabama Women and the Second World War
by Mary Martha Thomas
University of Alabama Press, 1987
Cloth: 978-0-8173-0329-7 | Paper: 978-0-8173-1211-4
Library of Congress Classification D810.W7T55 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 940.531504209761

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The first book to examine the impact of World War II on the roles of women in an individual state
 
Covers the experience of both black and white Alabama women as defense workers, volunteers, and homemakers. The most important change for women during the war years was their employment in jobs normally held by men, which posed an implicit challenge to traditional notions about femininity and female limitations.
 
Thomas describes the women employed in the defense industries—how they were recruited and trained, where they worked and under what conditions, and what changes employers made in the workplace to accommodate women, She also discusses the experience of the women who served as volunteers in the Ground Observer Corps, the Citizens’ Service Corps, the Red Cross, and other volunteer agencies. In addition, the author considers how homemakers coped during a time of rationing, housing shortages, lack of schools, and inadequate medical facilities.
 

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