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Flappers and the New American Woman: Perceptions of Women from 1918 Through the 1920s (Images and Issues of Women in the Twentieth Century) Library Binding – September, 2007


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This fascinating overview of American women’s lives during the 1920s covers far more than just the stereotypical images of glamorous, Jazz Age flappers. Gourley combines concise profiles of groundbreaking women, from Margaret Mead to Zelda Fitzgerald, with thoughtful, amply illustrated analysis of how women of the era were portrayed in the media and how those images influenced, or diverged from, women’s actual lives. Later chapters investigate the lives of impoverished women and women of color as well as women who fought against social justice and change (including female Ku Klux Klan members). The lively text and images, which include archival photos and reproductions of ads, will easily engage readers with well-chosen facts, such as how sanitary napkins were developed. Source notes and further-reading suggestions conclude this valuable entry in the Images and Issues of Women in the Twentieth Century series. Grades 7-12. --Gillian Engberg

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Visit Cathy at www.catherinegourley.com!!

I write social histories--stories about ordinary people who find themselves, usually by choice, in extraordinary circumstances. My latest book explores a grim chapter in American history--the Andersonville Civil War Prison Camp. More often, however, I write about women's history through the lens of media and popular culture. When I'm not writing nonfiction books for young adults, I am managing Letters About Literature, a reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress or watching old movies. I am the principal curriculum writer for The Story of Movies, an educaitonal outreach program of Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation. I grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but I have lived along the Gulf Coast of Texas, Chicago, a tiny town in Western Pennsylvania on the edge of Elk Forest, Connecticut . . . well, in short, I move around a lot. Right now home is Woodbridge, Virginia.