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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 22mm | 421.84g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252067274
  • 9780252067273
  • 2,059,271

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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.show more

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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 Quarterlyshow more

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