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Author Bentley, Amy, 1962-

Title Eating for victory : food rationing and the politics of domesticity / Amy Bentley
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1998]


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Description xiii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Rationing Is Good Democracy -- 2. Woman as Wartime Homemaker: Family, Food, and National Security -- 3. Islands of Serenity: Gender, Race, and Ordered Meals -- 4. Meat and Sugar: Consumption, Rationing, and Wartime Food Deprivation -- 5. Victory Gardening and Canning: Men, Women, and Home Front Family Food Production -- 6. Freedom from Want: Abundance and Sacrifice in U.S. Postwar Famine Relief
Summary Mandatory food rationing during World War II significantly challenged the image of the United States as a land of plenty and collapsed the boundaries between women's public and private lives by declaring home production and consumption to be political activities. Examining the food-related propaganda surrounding rationing, Eating For Victory decodes the dual message purveyed by the government and the media: while mandatory rationing was necessary to provide food for U.S. and Allied troops overseas, women on the home front were also "required" to provide their families with nutritious food. Amy Bentley reveals the role of the wartime homemaker as a pivotal component not only of World War II but also of the development of the United States into a superpower
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-234) and index
Subject Homemakers -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Rationing -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Housewives -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Women -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States.
LC no. 97045471
ISBN 0252024192 (cloth : acid-free paper)
0252067274 (paperback: acid-free paper)