Eating for Victory

Eating for Victory : Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity

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Victory gardens, ration books. While men fought overseas, women fought the war at home, by going to work and, more subtly, by feeding their families. Mandatory food rationing during World War II challenged, for the first time, 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.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 158.5 x 236.7 x 25.4mm | 666.85g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252024192
  • 9780252024191

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"An important book. More so than any other work in food history, Bentley has put politics, both local and national, into the history of foodways... Her analysis of rhetoric, posters, advertisements, photography, table settings, and arrangement of people at dinners enables her to explore eating as a cultural activity. Above all, her weaving of social history, public policy, and anthropologically-informed cultural analysis underscores the complexity of her achievement." -- Daniel Horowitz, American Quarterly
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