Kara Dixon Vuic - The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines

Upcoming Event
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

In World War I, the American military administration recognized the emotional toll warfare takes on soldiers and decided to ameliorate the stress by providing overseas troops with live entertainment from home. Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe were some of the stars who performed for the servicemen, but hundreds of other women also volunteered to help boost morale by singing and dancing. In her vivid chronicle of the history of women entertainers in wartime from the Great War to the interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Vuic, the inaugural LCpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in Twentieth-Century America at Texas Christian University, and award-winning author of Officer, Nurse, Woman, tells the little known stories of these women’s experiences and traces the larger course of wartime gender roles that continue to be fraught for women.


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