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To Serve My Country, to Serve My Race: The Story of the Only African-American WACS Stationed Overseas During World War II

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ISBN-13: 978-0814755228
ISBN-10: 0814755224
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The deployment of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only group of black WACs (members of the Women's Army Corps) to serve overseas in WWII, marked a significant turning point in the status of racial minorities and women in the armed forces. Drawing on the testimony of former members of the unit, Moore recounts its formation, training and service in the European theater of operations in 1945-46, highlighting the discrimination the women faced because of their race and gender. Many, as the author shows, campaigned actively to change the race-biased policies of the WACs through boycott and direct protest. She examines what civilian life was like for many of them before they entered the military and the various personal, political and economic reasons that impelled them to join up, then discusses how their military experience influenced their postwar life: "Although they did not gain materially, these women almost invariably said that they benefitted spiritually for having served." Her study is an important contribution to African American and gender studies. Moore, who served six years in the Army, is assistant professor of sociology at SUNY-Buffalo. Illustrations.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Moore, who has served in the U.S. Army, has written a gender and race study about the status of African American women in the army during World War II. Her academic studies led her to note that African American women have been ignored in major studies about World War II, and in this book she tries to remedy the omission. Moore focuses on the 6888th Batallion, which had the only group of African American Women Army Corps (WAC) who served overseas during the war. Of the 855 women who served, Moore interviewed 51 for this book. Appendixes reproduce the questionnaire and give the names of those interviewed. Chapter notes, a bibliography, and photos are also included. Moore makes frequent comparisons to other studies about military veterans. Her scholarly work will serve as a solid contribution about African American women in World War II.?Dorothy Lilly, Grosse Pointe North H.S. Lib., Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814755224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814755228
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,740,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great buy for the price.I highly recommend this as a must read for everyone. I read it a long time ago and was glad I was able to find it on Amazon as I no longer had mine and it's worth re reading . These wonderful woman that severed the USA should be honored and thanked by our country and it's people .
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I learned of this book attending an event at the Women's Heritage Center in Baltimore. I was born in England and was a child
during WWII. Learning that black women in the military had served in England perked my interest, why was this not more widely
known. I would recommend this book - it breaks through the stereotypes and highlights the prejudice these brave women were
subjected to. Their service to their country should be recognized more.
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This book is the second book dealing with this WAC unit the other was one written by the Commander Charity Adams Early. It provides good coverage of the women who enlisted and gives a complete roster in an appendix.
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