Women of the Far Right The Mothers' Movement and World War II

ISBN-10: 0226395898

ISBN-13: 9780226395890

Edition: 1996

Authors: Glen Jeansonne

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The majority of American women supported the Allied cause during World War II. and made sacrifices on the home front to benefit the war effort. But U.S. intervention was opposed by a movement led by ultraright women whose professed desire to keep their sons out of combat was mixed with militant Christianity, anticommunism, and anti-Semitism. This book is the first history of the self-styled "mothers' movement," so called because among its component groups were the National Legion of Mothers of America, the Mothers of Sons Forum, and the National Blue Star Mothers.Unlike leftist antiwar movements, the mothers' movement was not pacifist; its members opposed the war on Germany because they regarded Hitler as an ally against the spread of atheistic communism. They also differed from leftist women in their endorsement of patriarchy and nationalism. God, they believed, wanted them to fight the New Deal liberalism that imperiled their values and the internationalists, communists, and Jews, whom they saw as subjugating Christian America.Jeansonne examines the motivations of these women, the political and social impact of their movement, and their collaborations with men of the far right and also with mainstream isolationists such as Charles Lindbergh. Drawing on files kept by the FBI and other confidential documents, this book sheds light on the history of the war era and on women's place within the far right.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/9/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Context of the World War II Mothers' Movement
Elizabeth Dilling and the Genesis of a Movement
The Fifth Column
The National Legion of Mothers of America
Cathrine Curtis and the Women's National Committee to Keep the U.S. Out of War
Dilling and the Crusade against Lend-Lease
Lyrl Clark Van Hyning and We the Mothers Mobilize for America
The Mothers' Movement in the Midwest: Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Detroit
The Mothers' Movement in the East: Philadelphia and New York
Agnes Waters: The Lone Wolf of Dissent
The Mass Sedition Trial
The Postwar Mothers' Movement
The Significance of the Mothers' Movement
Epilogue: "Can We All Get Along?"
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Index
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