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
Baker & Taylor
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.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781569768082
Branch Call Number: 940.5308 M
Characteristics: 266 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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Comment by: BCD2013 Jun 13, 2014

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Traces how African-American women during World War II helped lay the foundations for the Civil Rights Movement.
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Jun 13, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Traces how African-American women during World War II helped lay the foundations for the Civil Rights Movement.
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  • legolasgreenleaf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An engaging title that shares compelling information and stands as a fit tribute to an important part of American history.


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