"For Country and For Home": Elite Richmond Women and Changing Southern Womanhood during the First World War
Greenwood, Anne Leslie
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Using Richmond as a case study, this thesis seeks to answer the following question: what was the effect of the First World War on elite white Richmond womenâ s roles as southern women? This thesis argues that, while white southern womenâ s roles had been changing since the Civil War, it was not until World War I that southern womenâ s traditional roles were challenged by ideas of national patriotism and citizenship. This thesis traces the trajectory of change from the last decades of the nineteenth century, when Richmond women began to join womenâ s organizations and participate more fully in public life, through World War I. This thesis argues that during the war, national organizations that formed chapters in Richmond challenged the predominant ideas about womenâ s public responsibilities, which had focused on their city, state, and region. This war relief work with the Red Cross and governmental programs like Liberty Loan drives encouraged women to work beyond traditional domestic roles and challenged conceptions of southern womanhood. This thesis contends that, while some women adapted more fully to these changes, all Richmond women integrated new ideas about national womanhood into their identities, creating a new southern woman who was both southern and American.
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