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Double Victory

How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II
Mullenbach, Cheryl (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Double Victory


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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.

Independent Publishing Group

Winner of:
2014 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten List

“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.



Authors: Mullenbach, Cheryl
Statement of Responsibility: Cheryl Mullenbach
Title: Double victory
how African American women broke race and gender barriers to help win World War II
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. :, Chicago Review Press,, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 266 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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