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The Resource Bitter fruit : African American women in World War II, edited with an introduction by Maureen Honey

Bitter fruit : African American women in World War II, edited with an introduction by Maureen Honey

Label
Bitter fruit : African American women in World War II
Title
Bitter fruit
Title remainder
African American women in World War II
Statement of responsibility
edited with an introduction by Maureen Honey
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Publisher Fact Sheet
  • "Despite the participation of African American women in all aspects of home-front activity during World War II, advertisements, recruitment posters, and newsreels portrayed largely white women as army nurses, defense plant workers, concerned mothers, and steadfast wives. This sea of white faces left for posterity images such as Rosie the Riveter, obscuring the contributions that African American women made to the war effort. In Bitter Fruit, Maureen Honey corrects this distorted picture of women's roles in World War II by collecting photos, essays, fiction, and poetry by and about black women from the four leading African American periodicals of the war period: Negro Digest, The Crisis, Opportunity, and Negro Story. Mostly appearing for the first time since their original publication, the materials in Bitter Fruit feature black women operating technical machinery, working in army uniforms, entertaining audiences, and pursuing a college education. The articles praise the women's accomplishments as pioneers working toward racial equality; the fiction and poetry depict female characters in roles other than domestic servants and give voice to the bitterness arising from discrimination that many women felt. With these various images, Honey masterfully presents the roots of the postwar civil rights movement and the leading roles black women played in it. Containing works from eighty writers, this anthology includes forty African American women authors, most of whose work has not been published since the war. Of particular note are poems and short stories anthologized for the first time, including Ann Petry's first story, Octavia Wynbush's last work of fiction, and three poems by Harlem Renaissance writer Georgia Douglas Johnson. Uniting these various writers was their desire to write in the midst of a worldwide military conflict with dramatic potential for ending segregation and opening doors for women at home. Traditional anthologies of African American literature jump from the Harlem Renaissance to the 1960s with little or no reference to the decades between those periods. Bitter Fruit not only illuminates the literature of these decades but also presents an image of black women as community activists that undercuts gender stereotypes of the era. As Honey concludes in her introduction, "African American women found an empowered voice during the war, one that anticipates the fruit of their wartime effort to break silence, to challenge limits, and to change forever the terms of their lives.""--Publishers website
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
940.54/03
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D810.N4
LC item number
B4 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1945-
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  • Honey, Maureen
  • University of Missouri Press
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • African American women
Summary expansion
This anthology corrects the distorted picture of African American women's roles in World War II through photos, essays, fiction, & poetry
Label
Bitter fruit : African American women in World War II, edited with an introduction by Maureen Honey
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Chiefly material reprinted from The crisis, Opportunity, Negro digest, and Negro story
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-390) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
War work -- Racism on the home front -- The double victory campaign -- Popular culture and the arts
Control code
41592977
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 401 pages
Isbn
9780826212429
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99036106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Bitter fruit : African American women in World War II, edited with an introduction by Maureen Honey
Publication
Note
Chiefly material reprinted from The crisis, Opportunity, Negro digest, and Negro story
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-390) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
War work -- Racism on the home front -- The double victory campaign -- Popular culture and the arts
Control code
41592977
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 401 pages
Isbn
9780826212429
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99036106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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