It's My Country Too. By Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow, editors. Lincoln NE: Potomac Books, 2017. Illustrations. Photographs. Bibliography. Pp. xxi, 330. $32.95 ISBN: 978-1-61234-831-5
This book seeks to help fill a gap in our country's written history by capturing and sharing the stories of women who have served in defense of the nation. The editors argue (without any possibility of contradiction, in my opinion) that history is generally written by the elites and those in power, and so many stories and much of history goes untold. This book seeks to redress this in part by adding to the body of knowledge about women who have served and fought for this country.
It's My Country Too is a collection of stories arranged chronologically starting with the American Revolution and extending to the modern day. The focus is on the people and their stories rather than the policies and processes. These policies, cultural norms, and the like are illustrated by the stories and the contextual narrative; but the heart of this book is the women themselves, what they did, suffered, and accomplished.
One of the exciting aspects of exploring previously ignored or minimized parts of history is the wealth of still untapped material. The editors point out, rightly, that it can be difficult to find military stories of women from the past; but works such as this can encourage people to share the...