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Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers… (edition 2013)

by Cheryl Mullenbach

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Title:Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II (Women of Action)
Authors:Cheryl Mullenbach
Info:Chicago Review Press (2013), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach

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In 2002, Thomasina Walker Johnson Norford died quietly in her sleep at the age of 94.  (Introduction)
In August 1944, factories across the country were in dire need of workers to build guns, bombs, planes, and ships for the US military.
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“Allow all black nurses to enlist, and the draft won’t be necessary. . . . If nurses are needed so desperately, why isn’t the Army using colored nurses?”



“My arm gets a little sore slinging a shovel or a pick, but then I forget about it when I think about all those boys over in the Solomons.”



Double Victory tells the stories of African American women who did extraordinary things to help their country during World War II. In these pages young readers meet a range of remarkable women: war workers, political activists, military women, volunteers, and entertainers. Some, such as Mary McLeod Bethune and Lena Horne, were celebrated in their lifetimes and are well known today. But many others fought discrimination at home and abroad in order to contribute to the war effort yet were overlooked during those years and forgotten by later generations. Double Victory recovers the stories of these courageous women, such as Hazel Dixon Payne, the only woman to serve on the remote Alaska-Canadian Highway; Deverne Calloway, a Red Cross worker who led a protest at an army base in India; and Betty Murphy Phillips, the only black female overseas war correspondent. Offering a new and diverse perspective on the war and including source notes and a bibliography, Double Victory is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.

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War workers: "Negroes cannot be accepted" -- Political activists: "I am not a party girl, I want to build a movement" -- In the military: "will all the colored girls move over on this side" -- Volunteers: "back the attack" -- Entertainers: "we don't take your kind".
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An account of the lesser-known contributions of African-American women during World War II reveals how they helped lay the foundations for the Civil Rights Movement by challenging racial and gender barriers at home and abroad.

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