Girls to the Rescue

Young Heroines in American Series Fiction of World War I

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About the Book

During World War I, as young men journeyed overseas to battle, American women maintained the home front by knitting, fundraising, and conserving supplies. These became daily chores for young girls, but many longed to be part of a larger, more glorious war effort. A new genre of children’s books entered the market, written specifically with the young girls of the war period in mind. Through fiction, girls could catch spies, cross battlefields, man machine guns, and blow up bridges. These adventurous heroines built the framework for the feminist revolution, creating avenues of leadership for women and inspiring individualism and self-discovery. The work presented here analyzes the powerful response to such literature, how it sparked the engagement of real girls in the United States and Allied war effort, as well as how it reflects their contemporaries’ awareness of girls’ importance.

About the Author(s)

Emily Hamilton-Honey is an associate professor of English and gender studies at SUNY Canton, specializing in series fiction, girlhood studies, and postbellum and Progressive Era American women’s literature and history. She lives in Potsdam, New York.
Susan Ingalls Lewis is a professor emerita in the department of history, SUNY New Paltz, specializing in American women’s history, the Progressive Era, and New York State history. She lives in Rosendale, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Emily Hamilton-Honey and Susan Ingalls Lewis
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6879-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4041-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“This book provides significant, well-researched, and much-needed information about early 20th century America and the role girls’ series fiction of that era played in the changing dynamic of girlhood and young womanhood.”—Diana V. Dominguez, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley