Sandra Bolzenius - GLORY IN THEIR SPIRIT

Start: 
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Project Row Houses |
2521 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004

This event is presented in collaboration with Project Row Houses and will take place off-site at PRH Community Gallery.


ABOUT THE BOOK

The home-front battle that shook the military

Before Rosa Parks and the March on Washington, four African American women risked their careers and freedom to defy the United States Army over segregation. Women Army Corps (WAC) privates Mary Green, Anna Morrison, Johnnie Murphy, and Alice Young enlisted to serve their country, improve their lives, and claim the privileges of citizenship long denied them. Promised a chance at training and skilled positions, they saw white WACs assigned to those better jobs and found themselves relegated to work as orderlies. In 1945, their strike alongside fifty other WACs captured the nation’s attention and ignited passionate debates on racism, women in the military, and patriotism.

Glory in Their Spirit presents the powerful story of their persistence and the public uproar that ensued. Newspapers chose sides. Civil rights activists coalesced to wield a new power. The military, meanwhile, found itself increasingly unable to justify its policies. In the end, Green, Morrison, Murphy, and Young chose court-martial over a return to menial duties. But their courage pushed the segregated military to the breaking point—and helped steer one of American’s most powerful institutions onto a new road toward progress and justice.


PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

"This well-written account of little-known yet essential stories of valor and protest will fascinate readers interested in WWII, women’s history, and heretofore untold stories of civil-rights trailblazers. Recommend Glory in Their Spirit to fans of Hidden Figures."--Booklist

"Glory in Their Spirit is a compelling, deeply researched book."--Black Perspectives

"Meticulously researched and well-written. . . . This title will be a valuable resource for those interested in WW II government, African American and minority history, and women's studies. Recommended." --Choice

"An enlightening read, Glory in Their Spirit examines a little-known history of the war." --World War II Magazine

"Bolzenius is to be congratulated for her unrelenting attention to detail while also addressing the historical context of why four black women felt duty-bound to take on the army during World War II. Glory in Their Spirit encompasses an impressive array of legal history, black history, and social history." --The Journal of American History

"Glory in Their Spirit is an absolute pleasure to read and does justice to the bravery of four all but forgotten women who took on the Army during WWII." --Journal of American Ethnic History

"Black men and Black women integrated the military as officers and as enlisted in different ways. This is the important and untold story of Black enlisted women and the unexpected way their integration occurred."--Judith Hicks Stiehm, editor of It's Our Military, Too: Women and the U.S. Military

"Interesting, well-written, and accessible. Sandra Bolzenius unearths a treasure trove of rich, relevant primary source archival materials that highlight the lesser-known experiences of black women in addition to speaking to the uniqueness of the military as a venue for the redress, and suppression, of rights."--Elizabeth R. Escobedo, author of From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandy Bolzenius is a veteran, teacher, entrepreneur, and activist. After serving in the United States Army, she earned a degree in Education from Ohio State University. Pursuing a career in international teaching, she taught in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Sandy also holds a doctorate from OSU where her research focused on Gender History and African American History that culminated in the publication of Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army during World War II (University of Illinois, 2018). Sandy is a member of Move to Amend and is active in local efforts to protect Central Ohio's natural environment. Her occupations, travels, research, and activism reflect her interest in the dynamics of gender, race, class, and public policies.

Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took On the Army during World War II (Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History) Cover Image
$99.00
ISBN: 9780252041716
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: University of Illinois Press - April 17th, 2018