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Weiss effectively chronicles the birth of the WLA movement and the dedicated women behind it. Recommended for both scholarly readers and interested history buffs."
Weiss s excellent work of cross-disciplinary scholarship offers readers a unique look at how WWI changed society."
"Bravo to Elaine Weiss! She has rescued a fascinating chapter of our history from undeserved obscurity and tells the story of the Woman's Land Army of World War I with undeniable verve."
Elaine Weiss has written an important book on an overlooked subject. "Fruits of Victory: The Woman s Land Army in the Great War" covers the virtually unknown story of the farmettes who joined American s land army to feed the nation during World War I. This engaging account makes not only good reading, but also contributes to our understanding of both women s history and the home front during the war.
Weiss plows through a wide variety of primary sources and produces a bumper crop of determined women, stubborn men, telling anecdotes, and rich details, all part of a surprising and surprisingly moving story of mobilization and organization, patriotism and sexism. The army of farmerettes, drawn from the classrooms of the Seven Sisters and urban factories, who came together as soldiers of the soil to harvest everything from cherries in Michigan to cotton in Georgia and the women who recruited, trained, and championed them leave an indelible imprint in this well-told tale of the remarkable effort of American women to feed a nation at war.