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Women of Valor : The Struggle Against the Great Depression as Told in Their Own Life Stories - Bernard Sternsher

Women of Valor

The Struggle Against the Great Depression as Told in Their Own Life Stories

By: Bernard Sternsher (Editor), Judith Sealander (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9781566632461
Number Of Pages: 320

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Not all women were victims of the gravest economic crisis in the nation's history. Many were talented fighters who helped to shape the response to the expression by government and labor, in public and private arenas. Sixteen of their stories--pieces of autobiography--have been gathered in this striking book. The women include Mary Simkhovitch and Lillian Wald, influential settlement leaders; Eleanor Roosevelt; Dorothy Day and Margaret Bourke-White, journalists who championed the poor and oppressed; Frances Perkins, Mary Anderson, Louise Armstrong, and Hallie Flanagan, who helped forge New Deal programs; Anzia Yezierska and Ellen Tarry, writers who found ways to survive; and Vera Weisbord, Ella Reeve Bloor, Meridel Le Sueur, Lucy mason, and Mary Heaton Vorse, all active in labor and political struggles. These extraordinary women confronted the problems that affected "ordinary" women. Their stories will rekindle interest in the Depression decade as a rich period in 20th-century women's history.

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A landmark collection...lucid, well organized, and simply extraordinary.--Mary Banas "Booklist "

Introductionp. 3
In Town and Country
"We have all suffered together. . ."p. 19
"The devastation of homes without number. . ."p. 33
"I had a point of view of my own . . ."p. 46
"It is a permanent revolution, this Catholic Worker Movement . . ."p. 67
"Here were faces engraved with the very paralysis of despair . . ."p. 95
In the Government
"There was no special deference because I was a woman . . ."p. 121
"Many things we had to leave undone . . ."p. 134
"Did I consider the theatre a weapon? . . ."p. 151
"Tossed together in a strange fellowship of necessity . . ."p. 165
"We had to close our eyes and minds to so much . . ."p. 188
"I knew that I was in it to the end . . ."p. 202
In the Workplace
"The road to Communism was the only road out . . ."p. 225
"I never saw anything like the militancy of those farmers . . ."p. 249
"In these terrible happenings you cannot be neutral now . . ."p. 262
"These ten- and eleven-hour days . . . burned my conscience . . ."p. 273
"People can no longer live on what they are getting . . ."p. 296
Afterwordp. 309
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ISBN: 9781566632461
ISBN-10: 1566632463
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: IVAN R DEE INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.55  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.48