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

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Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War by Elaine F. Weiss

She was the toast of Broadway, a star of the cinema newsreel, and the highlight of the Liberty Loan parade during World War I. She was the "farmerette" of the Woman's Land Army of America, doing a man's job, in military-style uniform, on the rural home front during World War I. From 1917 to 1920, the Woman's Land Army brought thousands of city workers, teachers, artists, businesswomen, and college students in to rural America to take over the farm work after men were called to wartime service. The farmerettes plowed fields, drove tractors, planted, harvested, and hauled lumber. At first, they were shocking - they broke accepted societal rules and encountered skeptical farmers' scorn by demanding equal wages and an eight-hour workday. However, the farmerettes soon proved themselves willing and capable, and farmers even became their loudest champions.

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274 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59797-273-4

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