Carpenter, Stephanie A.

On the farm front : the Women's Land Army in World War II / Stephanie A. Carpenter. - DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, c2003. - 214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-203) and index.

Introduction -- Part I: Creating the women's land army -- Prewar precendents -- The federal government and the WLA -- "Now we're set"-outfitting the WLA -- "Pitch in and help"-calling women to farms -- -- Part II: The women's land army in action -- The east-Dorothy Thompson led the way -- The west-"ho! for a tall glass of lemonade!" -- The midwest-in the house or in the fields -- The south-when race and class get in the way -- The WLA and postwar women

"The Women's Land Army sent volunteers to farms, canneries, and dairies across the country, where they accounted for a great proportion of wartime agricultural workers. On The Farm Front tells for the first time the remarkable story of these women who worked to ensure both "Freedom From Want" at home and victory abroad.". "Formed in 1943 as part of the Emergency Farm Labor Program, the WLA placed its workers in areas where American farmers urgently needed assistance. Many farmers in even the most desperate areas, however, initially opposed women working their land. Rual administrators in the Midwest and the South yielded to necessity and employed several hundred thousand women as farm laborers by the end of the war, but those in the Great Plains and eastern Rocky Mountains remained hesitant, suffering serious agricultural and financial losses as a consequence.". "Carpenter reveals how the WLA revolutionized the national view of farming. By accepting all available women as agricultural workers, farmers abandoned traditional labor and stereotypical social practices. When the WLA officially disbanded in 1945, many of its women chose to remain in their agricultural jobs rather than return to a full-time home life or prewar employment."--BOOK JACKET.

0875803148 (alk. paper) 9780875803142 (alk. paper) 0875803040 (alk. paper) 9780875803043 (alk. paper)


Women's Land Army (United States)--History.

World War, 1939-1945--Food supply--United States.
World War, 1939-1945--Women--United States.
Agriculture--Economic aspects--United States.
Food supply--History--United States--20th century
Women farmers--United States.

D810.W7 / C368 2003


D810.W7 / C368 2003