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We Are a College at War

We Are a College at War

Women Working for Victory in World War II

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Mary Weaks-Baxter, Christine Bruun, and Catherine Forslund


E-book (Other formats: Paperback)
6 x 9, 20 illustrations


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We Are a College at War weaves together the individual World War II experiences of students and faculty at the all-female Rockford College (now Rockford University) in Rockford, Illinois, to draw a broader picture of the role American women and college students played during this defining period in U.S. history.  It uses the Rockford community’s letters, speeches, newspaper stories, and personal recollections to demonstrate how American women during the Second World War claimed the right to be everywhere—in factories and other traditionally male workplaces, and even on the front lines—and links their efforts to the rise of feminism and the fight for women’s rights in the 1960s and 1970s. 


Mary Weaks-Baxter, the Hazel Koch Professor of English at Rockford University, is the author of Reclaiming the American Farmer: The Reinvention of a Regional Mythology in Twentieth-Century Southern Writing.

Christine Bruun is a professor emerita of psychology and a former department chair at Rockford University.

Catherine Forslund, a professor of history at Rockford University, is the author of Anna Chennault: Informal Diplomacy and Asian Relations.