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Pushing the Limits: American Women 1940-1961 (Young Oxford History of Women in the United States) Paperback – March 26, 1998

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Young Oxford History of Women in the United States (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 26, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195124073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195124071
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 9-12-May explores the times that produced feminists from the "Rosie the Riveters" of World War II to Betty Friedan, and the activists, housewives, artists, and others who came in between. Primary sources, including interviews and articles, bring the experiences of these women to life. May makes an effort to include many cultures; she briefly mentions the contributions of Menominee and Navajo women, and those of the Mexicana labor leader Luisa Moreno. The book also includes a fairly detailed account of the beginnings of the civil rights movement. Chapters on dating and reproduction contain information not usually found in history books. Discussions of family size, contraception and abortion, and extramarital affairs reveal much about the times. Black-and-white photos-including a nice mix of historical figures and scenes from families, neighborhoods, and factories-will capture readers' interest. This refreshingly different look at history, social trends, and pop culture lends itself beautifully to classroom discussion, and will also be useful for reports.
Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

First to appear of a projected ten volumes in The Young Oxford History of Women in the United States, covering ``the public and private lives of...women over the past four centuries.'' May, University of Minnesota professor and specialist in women's issues, traces women's status from the Depression, when many women began to share wage-earning responsibilities, through their success in tradition-shattering jobs during WW II and into the postwar reaction, when one-income families were idealized as the reward of hard-earned peace and prosperity. Contrasting women's and men's roles, May deals with education, employment, sexuality, child-rearing, domesticity, and political action as they evolved in these critical years, laying firm ground for the more turbulent changes of the 60's. Backing generalizations with ample statistics and telling incidents, she's especially careful to differentiate between white middle class and minority experiences--for example, African-Americans were more likely to complete college: in an era when white women believed that earning an ``M.R.S.'' was the path to security and fulfillment, blacks saw education as a way out of poverty. The author concludes with individuals and groups who went ``Against the Grain'' in the 40's and 50's--black civil rights activists, Women Strike for Peace members who successfully confronted the House Un-American Activities Committee, giants like Eleanor Roosevelt and Rachel Carson. Lively, fascinating, lucid, accessible, balanced--a fine resource that belongs in every library. B&w photos; chronology; lengthy bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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