Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity

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University of Illinois Press, 1998 - History - 238 pages
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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.


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Insightful about an important time in our history, taking an aspect of World War II that can be overlooked, and displaying it in a literary, well-written manner.


Rationing Is Good Democracy
Woman as Wartime Homemaker Family Food and National Security
Islands of Serenity Gender Race and Ordered Meals
Meat and Sugar Consumption Rationing and Wartime Food Deprivation
Victory Gardening and Canning Men Women and Home Front Family Food Production
Freedom from Want Abundance and Sacrifice in US Postwar Famine Relief
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Amy Bentley is Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of "Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity" and the editor of "A Cultural History of Food in the Modern Era".

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