Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

An Encyclopedia of American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

An Encyclopedia of American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields

Article excerpt

An Encyclopedia of American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields. Ed. By Lisa Tendrich Frank. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-59884-443-6). Ebook available (978-1-59884-444-3), call for pricing.

Lisa Tendrich Frank, whose previous works include Civil War: People and Perspectives (ABC-CLIO, 2009) and Women in the American Civil War (ABC-CLIO, 2008), presents an interesting and thorough investigation of the various roles women have played in and around conflicts throughout American history in An Encyclopedia of American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields. The intent of this encyclopedia is to "examine the various ways that women have participated in military life" (xxi). The entries focus on topics such as "specific professions, organizations, court cases, military policies, wars, branches of the military, American ethnic and racial groups, and individuals" (xxi), with the bulk of the entries focusing on individuals. The entries are succinct, entertaining, and well-written. One of the more valuable aspects of this work is its inclusion of entries dealing with topics on the periphery of war, for example the pacifist "Jane Addams" and "Victory Gardens." These types of entries help to paint a fuller picture of women's interactions with American wars than would be achieved by simply profiling women who directly served in the wars. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.