Bitter Fruit: African American Women in World War II

TitleBitter Fruit: African American Women in World War II
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsHoney, Maureen
Number of Pages401
PublisherUniversity of Missouri Press
CityColombia, United States
Abstract

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. Moreover, 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.

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