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|Standing up against hate : how black women in the Army helped change the course of WWII|
Author: Farrell, Mary Cronk
The stories of the African American women who enlisted in the newly formed Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in World War II. They quickly discovered that they faced as many obstacles in the armed forces as they did in everyday life. However, they refused to back down.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.70
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 500669
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/15/2018 Throughout history, women have often faced limited futures. Before WWII, most women were encouraged to get married and have children. Often, educated women were allowed careers only as teachers; for black women, teaching in underfunded segregated schools was a bleak, monotonous future. With war came opportunity: though they would not make rank or receive equal pay, women were encouraged to join the military, and they began bringing about a change in perception as to what women were capable of achieving. The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was begun to help usher in this new change, though, unfortunately, it brought about more problems—segregation and racism ran rampant among the officers and enlisted. Still, black women enlisted by the droves, leaving their children with relatives in order to build them a better future. Extensive back matter, which includes a time line and notes on the primary sources used, will help guide readers as they explore how black women took advantage of these opportunities to help drive integration forward. An adventurous ride through the history of black women pioneers. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.