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Allotment Annies and Other Wayward Wives:. Wartime Concerns About Female Disloyalty and the Problem of the Returned Veteran

Ann Pfau

in The United States and the Second World War

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231201
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240791 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231201.003.0005

Series: World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension

Allotment Annies and Other             Wayward Wives:. Wartime Concerns About Female Disloyalty and the Problem of the Returned             Veteran

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This chapter examines wartime concern with sexual morality in general, and with the fidelity of military wives in particular. It analyses how popular culture, public officials, the Red Cross, and fighting men themselves reflected and produced ever wider anxiety over the fidelity of servicemen's wives. Drawing on wide-ranging secondary sources and an extraordinary number of contemporaneous sources, it offers a thorough exploration into wartime America's concerns over how returning GIs would adjust to civilian life, as well as the vital role that wives and sweethearts would play in a smooth transition to peacetime. Making extensive use of the University of Chicago's pioneering study of the war's domestic impacts, the chapter describes soldiers' wives as realistic, and more often than not, ready to take on the burdens of leading their husbands' adjustment. It highlights how single servicemen saw marriage as a source of stability and as a bridge easing the transition from military service to a productive and purposeful civilian life.

Keywords: military views; fidelity; wartime America; soldiers' wives; civilian life

Chapter.  12447 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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