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The Resource Good girls, good food, good fun : the story of USO hostesses during World War II, Meghan K. Winchell

Good girls, good food, good fun : the story of USO hostesses during World War II, Meghan K. Winchell

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Good girls, good food, good fun : the story of USO hostesses during World War II
Title
Good girls, good food, good fun
Title remainder
the story of USO hostesses during World War II
Statement of responsibility
Meghan K. Winchell
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Throughout World War II, when Saturday nights came around, servicemen and hostesses happily forgot the war for a little while as they danced together in USO clubs, which served as havens of stability in a time of social, moral, and geographic upheaval. Meghan Winchell demonstrates that in addition to boosting soldier morale, the USO acted as an architect of the gender roles and sexual codes that shaped the "greatest generation." Combining archival research with extensive firsthand accounts from among the hundreds of thousands of female USO volunteers, Winchell shows how the organization both reflected and shaped 1940s American society at large. The USO had hoped that respectable feminine companionship would limit venereal disease rates in the military. To that end, Winchell explains, USO recruitment practices characterized white middle-class women as sexually respectable, thus implying that the sexual behavior of working-class women and women of color was suspicious. In response, women of color sought to redefine the USO's definition of beauty and respectability, challenging the USO's vision of a home front that was free of racial, gender, and sexual conflict. Despite clashes over class and racial ideologies of sex and respectability, Winchell finds that most hostesses benefited from the USO's chaste image. In exploring the USO's treatment of female volunteers, Winchell not only brings the hostesses' stories to light but also supplies a crucial missing piece for understanding the complex ways in which the war both destabilized and restored certain versions of social order.--From publisher description
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DLC
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Winchell, Meghan K
Dewey number
940.53082
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D810.E8
LC item number
W56 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Gender and American culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United Service Organizations (U.S.)
  • Soldiers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Women
Label
Good girls, good food, good fun : the story of USO hostesses during World War II, Meghan K. Winchell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Caravan book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [221]-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
To make the boys feel at home : senior hostesses and gendered citizenship -- The loveliest girls in the nation -- Wartime socializing -- Nice girls didn't, period : junior hostesses and sexual service -- Courtship and competition in the USO dance hall
Control code
221141630
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9780807832370
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008017085
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)221141630
Label
Good girls, good food, good fun : the story of USO hostesses during World War II, Meghan K. Winchell
Publication
Note
"A Caravan book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [221]-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
To make the boys feel at home : senior hostesses and gendered citizenship -- The loveliest girls in the nation -- Wartime socializing -- Nice girls didn't, period : junior hostesses and sexual service -- Courtship and competition in the USO dance hall
Control code
221141630
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9780807832370
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008017085
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)221141630

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