documentary is a result of my interest in the subject
of African-American Women who served in the military
during World War II. I recognized the experiences these
women shared were different from those of African-American
Men and/or Euro-American Women and Men.
While completing my research at the National Archives,
Library of Congress in Washington DC and Rutgers University.
I read two books one written by Brenda L. Moore, titled
"To Serve My Country, To Serve My Race" about
African-American Women during World War II and another
by Charity Adams Earley's "One Woman's Army".
Brenda L. Moore noted the absence of African-American
Military Women from all of the major studies. It was
as though these women did not exist. There has long
been a need for a systematic study or documentary of
African-American women’s role in National Defense. Although
a couple of books and a few articles have been written
recently on this topic, research on black women’s contributions
in military remains very limited. But Ms. Moore's book
comes to life.
The purpose of this documentary is to examine the consequences
or changes in race and gender policies for the status
of African-American Women in the military during World
War II. This is a logical period to study, because it
marked a significant turning point for African-American
Women in the US Armed Services. During this era, opportunities
for women in the military expanded, such as; what social,
political and organization factors influenced change
in racial and gender policies in the military during
World War II; what were the unique factors associated
with being African-American Women in the Armed Services
at that time and how did this experience affects their
lives. These and other questions will be discussed,
at length, in this documentary.
I am deeply indebted to the former member’s of the
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion for their
willingness to be interviewed and Brenda L. Moore book.
I am sincerely grateful to Gladys Carter, Mary Copeland,
Estelle Terry, Janice Taylor, Queen Esther Woos and
Martha Putney for all of their contributions they made
to this documentary. They were generous with their time
and in some cases shared their treasured scrapbooks
containing photographs, official military documents
with raised seals and written memoirs.
- Play Movie .58 minutes
- 8 Bonus Interviews
- History of Camp Des Moines Iowa
- 33 Profiles of African American Women Of World War
- Timeline 1941-1945
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