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Gertrude Glover: Moral guardian

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574667
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702167 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574667.003.0003
Gertrude Glover: Moral guardian

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This chapter focuses on wartime diarist Gertrude Glover. Gertrude belonged to the army of middle-class housewives who exercised social leadership through voluntary work in towns and villages across mid-20th century Britain. Positioned rather high up the social scale and involved in the leadership of women's organizations in both town and country, Gertrude was able to develop a broader social vision. Her outlook on life reflected not only the greater security of her middle-class status, but also a private life which made relatively little demands on her time and imposed few restrictions on her freedom.

Keywords: Gertrude Glover; wartime diaries; diarists; Second World War; middle class; housewives

Chapter.  8714 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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