Loading, please wait...

product description page

Glory in Their Spirit : How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II - (Hardcover)

Glory in Their Spirit : How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II -  (Hardcover) - image 1 of 1

About this item

Before Rosa Parks and the March on Washington, four African American women risked their careers and freedom to defy the United States Army over segregation. Women Army Corps (WAC) privates Mary Green, Anna Morrison, Johnnie Murphy, and Alice Young enlisted to serve their country, improve their lives, and claim the privileges of citizenship long denied them. Promised a chance at training and skilled positions, they saw white WACs assigned to those better jobs and found themselves relegated to work as orderlies. In 1945, their strike alongside fifty other WACs captured the nation's attention and ignited passionate debates on racism, women in the military, and patriotism. Glory in Their Spirit presents the powerful story of their persistence and the public uproar that ensued. Newspapers chose sides. Civil rights activists coalesced to wield a new power. The military, meanwhile, found itself increasingly unable to justify its policies. In the end, Green, Morrison, Murphy, and Young chose court-martial over a return to menial duties. But their courage pushed the segregated military to the breaking point ”and helped steer one of American's most powerful institutions onto a new road toward progress and justice.
Number of Pages: 20814
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: History, History, History, History
Series Title: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
Author: Sandra M. Bolzenius
Language: English
Street Date: April 17, 2018
TCIN: 53502996
UPC: 9780252041716
Item Number (DPCI): 248-73-9090
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.
In stock - free standard shipping with REDcard
Not in stores
Loading, please wait...

Ratings & reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.

*See offer details. Restrictions apply. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com.