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The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I

Lynn Dumenil


In tracing the rise of the modern idea of the American “new woman,” Lynn Dumenil examines World War I’s surprising impact on women and, in turn, women’s impact on the war. Telling the stories of a diverse group of women, including African Americans, dissidents, pacifists, reformers, and industrial workers, Dumenil analyzes both the roadblocks and opportunities they faced. She richly explores the ways in which women helped the United States mobilize for the largest military endeavor in the nation’s history. Dumenil shows how women activists staked their claim to loyal citizenship by framing the ... More

Keywords: American women and World War I, women and war mobilization, war and gender roles, "new woman" and war, citizenship and war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469631219
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn Dumenil, author
Occidental College