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Pushing the Limits: American Women 1940-1961

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Americans living in the mid 20th century saw momentous change. A decade of severe economic depression in the 1930s was followed by the largest scale war the world had ever seen. In Pushing the Limits, Elaine Tyler May shows how women's lives in the United States reflected and helped to shape these world changes. During the war, women joined the military effort through the ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 26th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1994)
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Jan 28, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
This book is a really good look into the lives of American women during this time period, and I wouldn't mind looking at the other volumes in this series. It seemed slightly biased towards working women, and I was very disappointed with the quote they chose to end the book with - "The thought of spending two weeks with two children in a close dark hole [family bomb shelter] was too horrible to think of and we knew we had to do something. Now that we women have started we will no longer be ...more
Jun 05, 2010 Jason rated it did not like it
A feminist's view of American women during WWII and the post-war years. Interesting as a resource to see how feminists view these years, but the author's ideological grid is welded on every page.
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