Women of the Far Right: The Mothers' Movement and World War II

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 9, 1997 - History - 264 pages
The majority of American women supported the Allied cause during World War II. and made sacrifices on the home front to benefit the war effort. But U.S. intervention was opposed by a movement led by ultraright women whose professed desire to keep their sons out of combat was mixed with militant Christianity, anticommunism, and anti-Semitism. This book is the first history of the self-styled "mothers' movement," so called because among its component groups were the National Legion of Mothers of America, the Mothers of Sons Forum, and the National Blue Star Mothers.

Unlike leftist antiwar movements, the mothers' movement was not pacifist; its members opposed the war on Germany because they regarded Hitler as an ally against the spread of atheistic communism. They also differed from leftist women in their endorsement of patriarchy and nationalism. God, they believed, wanted them to fight the New Deal liberalism that imperiled their values and the internationalists, communists, and Jews, whom they saw as subjugating Christian America.

Jeansonne examines the motivations of these women, the political and social impact of their movement, and their collaborations with men of the far right and also with mainstream isolationists such as Charles Lindbergh. Drawing on files kept by the FBI and other confidential documents, this book sheds light on the history of the war era and on women's place within the far right.

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A fascinating and frightening account of a little-discussed episode in American history. The mothers' movement, as its members referred to it, was a grassroots movement of women opposed to American ... Read full review

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The mother's movement in opposition to U.S. policies and participation in World War II was not a single, unified movement, according to Jeansonne (history, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) but a ... Read full review


The Context of the World War II Mothers Movement
Elizabeth Dilling and the Genesis of a Movement
The Fifth Column
The National Legion of Mothers of America
Cathrine Curtis and the Womens National Committee to Keep the US out of War
Dilling and the Crusade against LendLease
Lyrl Clark Hyning and We the Mothers Mobilize for America
The Mothers Movement in the Midwest Cincinnati Cleveland and Detroit
Agnes Waters The Lone Wolf of Dissent
The Mass Sedition Trial
The Postwar Mothers Movement
The Significance of the Mothers Movement
Can We All Get Along?
Bibliographical Essay

The Mothers Movement in the East Philadelphia

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