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American Women in World War I: They Also Served Hardcover – November, 1997

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Gavin draws from the full range of possible sources for this excellent volume. The number of American women who served in World War I ran into the tens of thousands, with 11,000 "Yeomanettes" in the navy alone (they were the first U.S. women to officially don uniforms). Others included army nurses, doctors who volunteered as "contract employees," the "Hello Girls" who supplied the Signal Corps' telephone system with English-speaking operators (and were not recognized as deserving of pensions and other benefits until long after most had died), physical therapists, and the volunteers of the Red Cross and Salvation Army. One and all, they overcame sexism, racism, bureaucratic inertia, shells, gas, the Spanish influenza, long hours, short rations, and poor quarters to accomplish a prodigious amount of work. And they did all that without benefit of any "gender studies" concepts or jargon, from which Gavin's readable, highly recommendable volume is also blessedly free. Roland Green

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"Gavin draws from the full range of possible sources for this excellent volume. The number of American women who served in World War I ran into the tens of thousands. . . . [T]hey overcame sexism, racism, bureaucratic inertia, shells, gas, the Spanish influenza, long hours, short rations, and poor quarters to accomplish a prodigious amount of work."
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"Gavin has assembled a comprehensive, awe-inspiring record of the indomitable spirit of women. Amidst shells, fire, chemical warfare, raw winter cold, and all the gruesome realities of war, women served 'over there' in ways which have been lost in representations of the Great War."
Register, Women in Military Service to America


"Gavin does an outstanding job of sparking a new interest in the contributions of women during World War I. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of that conflict."
The Journal of America's Military Past

"The stories will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, with their contrasting poignancy and high spirits."
Colorado Libraries


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087081432X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870814327
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gavin has written a clear, detailed history of the women and the various organizations they belonged to while serving their country during World War I. These often-overlooked women (finally!) get full credit for the back-breaking work they performed to serve "their boys." The real shame is that they returned to a nation which proved to be so terribly ungrateful that the women could not even get equal benefits that their male counterparts received. Gavin has organized her book by the various units and organizations that sent women "over there" and at the end lists those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who earned recognition, more often from other countries, for the work they did.
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Wow, I just read Ms. Gavin's book as part of my research for a novel set during World War I. The book is a wonderful compendium of pictures, actual eye-witness accounts and statistics concerning the more than 25,000 women who served in uniform Over There. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the history of the Great War and the role that women played in it.

Merline Lovelace, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
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Journalist Lettie Gavin first became interested in women's World War I experiences when she wrote an article back in 1978 about a retired Signal Corps woman denied veteran's status. She and other women had not been recognized for their service: AMERICAN WOMEN IN WORLD WAR I: THEY ALSO SERVED goes far in charting these stories, documenting the experiences and service of women during the first world war. By the time Gavin began interviewing survivors it was a race against time, as living veterans were dying off: her interviews together with her research from historical archives, diaries, letters and memoirs pair with some black and white photos to create a fine memoir.

Diane C. Donovan

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I had to buy the book for class and it was much better than I expected. Gavin broke down the book well and in a way it was easy to understand. It did drag on a little but, but overall, I was really impressed by the book.
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Need it for a college course, was offered at a great price much cheaper then the campus bookstore. Arrived in a timely fashion.
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