African American Women Who Served Overseas During World War II: Towards a Life-Course Analysis
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BENNING GA INFANTRY FORCES RESEARCH UNIT
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This report documents the preliminary findings of a research effort to collect data on African American women who served in England and France during World War II. The objective of the study was to lay the groundwork for a study that would subsequently be developed into a life-course analysis. During the summer of 1992, archival documents of the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps were collected and examined and some former members of the Six-Triple Eight Central Postal Directory Battalion were located and interviewed about their experiences before, during, and after military service. Discussed in the report are a the circumstances under which the Battalion was established, b demographic characteristics of women who served in the unit, c motives, incentives, and key influences of the women for joining the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps, and d ways of expanding upon the initial study to incorporate a life-course analysis.
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