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Good-Bye, Piccadilly: British War Brides in America (Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Centennial)

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As much of the world tried to return to normal living and working patterns after World War II, some 70,000 British women chose to be uprooted from the homeland they knew and loved. These were British war brides, a uniformly young group who by marrying American servicemen became part of the largest single group of female immigrants to the United States. Though the women came to the U.S. from all parts of the British Isles, they were an unusually homogeneous group, averaging 23 years of age, from working- or lower-middle-class families and having completed mandatory schooling to the age of fourteen. For the most part they emigrated alone and didn't move into an existing immigrant population. Jenel Virden draws on records in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Public Record Office in London, as well as questionnaires and personal interviews, in relating the women's story. Virden finds that the marriages actually took place in spite of, rather than because of, the war. And, while the women benefited from special nonrestrictive immigration legislation - and found public welcomes and a good deal of favorable publicity when they arrived - they also had much in common with other immigrant groups, including a strong sense of ethnic identity.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-172) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252065286
Author:
Virden, Jenel
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Location:
Urbana :
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/WWII
Subject:
Women immigrants
Subject:
British Americans
Subject:
British Americans -- Cultural assimilation.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
War brides
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Women immigrants -- United States -- History.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Centennial series
Series Volume:
no. 3
Publication Date:
19960231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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