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Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War

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Imagine a more controversial Rosie the Rivetera generation older and more outlandish for her time. She was the farmerette of the Womans Land Army of America (WLA), doing a mans job on the home front during World War I.

From 1917 to 1920 the WLA sent more than twenty thousand urban women into rural America to take over farm work after the men went off to war and food
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Potomac Books (first published 2008)
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Jennie
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating history of the Woman's Land Army of America, which mobilized when the US entered the First World War. Despite facing tremendous resistance from both the government and farmers, the group essentially saved the 1918 harvest in many states across the country. The women--called farmerettes--lived in camps funded by their state or county branch of the WLA (with the exception of California, where the farmers funded the camps) and performed all aspects of agricultural work--which ...more
Carrie
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was kind of a disappointment. The topic, the nearly forgotten Women's Land Army of WWI, was fascinating, but the book itself was a let down, getting bogged down in repetitiveness and over-explanation. I do wonder if that was not, to some degree simply because there is not a lot of information that has been preserved on this topic.
Lynn
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The Woman's Land Army is a movement about which I knew nothing. It was created, organized and put into action by women whose ideas to help feed the nation and allies during WWI were snubbed by the government. In 1917 when the organizing and recruiting of "farmerettes" began, women were not considered to be independent no less able to handle the hard work of farm labor. Facing societal prejudices, totally negative attitudes of farmers and the sheer economics and logistics, several very special ...more
Patricia
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Wonderful history of the women who volunteered during WWI, little known story of the women who were seeking the vote, turning their attention to the issues that were going to be of urgency during the war. They their talents toward making England a more economic base. Food would be in short supply, they plowed the farms, planted the crops, took first aids courses.

The American women soon also were motvated to do like wise, even tho we had not declared war. Farmers were not willing to accept female
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Diane
Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I should have loved this book but I just could not contend with the author's very academic style which made an interesting topic a chore. Maybe in the winter when the outdoor world is not calling me, I will be able to read it. I made it only to about page 75.
Stephen
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
A lot of history. I would have preferred more information about some of the key players. The WPA during WWI did amazing things, but in the big picture, it seems it was a flash in the pan.
Will
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
When World War I broke out, the US quickly discovered that there was a serioud labor shortage in agriculture. This book describes how American women answered the call, creating the Woman's Land Army of America.

The author assumes a certain knowledge of early 20th Century social history, primarily suffragist, but that does not detract unduly from her topic. And, while the book was a little dry on occasion, it was certainly a fascinating time. Who knew, for example, that there were food riots in
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Oct 06, 2010 marked it as to-read
haven't read it yet- but this event peaked my interest in the book:
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