- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Potomac Books (December 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597972738
- ISBN-13: 978-1597972734
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War
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Weiss, who has written for such publications as the New York Times and Harper's, chronicles the largely forgotten history of the Woman's Land Army (WLA), a group of women in the United States who left their homes and college dorms in droves to volunteer when American involvement in World War I called young men from the fields to the trenches of Europe. Weiss shows how these "farmerettes" faced an uphill battle, as they were often met with disdain by shorthanded farmers and Washington politicians who did not feel the situation was dire enough to warrant hiring women to do men's work. WLA architects, many of whom earned their stripes in the suffrage movement, developed a blueprint for managing a group anywhere in the United States, and they were able to secure wages—and an eight-hour workday—equal to their male counterparts. The group was disbanded after the war, but the farmerettes helped pave the way for women working during World War II. Weiss effectively chronicles the birth of the WLA movement and the dedicated women behind it. Recommended for both scholarly readers and interested history buffs.—Patti C. McCall, Albany Molecular Research, Inc., NY
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Ms. Weiss telling of the tale is done is a very engaging manner focus on many remarkable characters that made the land army a success but also address the social and political mores of the time that the organizers and foot soldiers of the land army had to overcome.
I would hardily recommend the book to any fan of historical novels as well as those interested in women's rights, the social history of the 20th century or WWI.