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  • Coming Soon: The Woman's Hour (working title) Viking Press - March 2018 My new book on how American women won the vote! It's summer 1920 and after seven decades of struggle the decisive battle for woman suffrage is being fought in Nashville by a colorful cast of characters. Follow the intrepid women activists who have devoted their lives to The Cause as they confront the women who oppose suffrage, as well as the corporate and political interests intent upon thwarting ratification of the 19th Amendment. A story of idealism and democracy, justice and civil rights, racial and sexual politics-- and a presidential election. It's a story for our times.

  • Elaine talks about woman suffrage on WYPR, Maryland public radio: broadcast on May 8, 2017: Listen here: http://wypr.org/post/winning-women-s-suffrage

  • Upcoming Land Army talks:

    Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St, Hoboken, NJ
    Sunday, October 8, 2017 4pm

    First Ladies National Historic Site and Massillon Museum, Canton, OH
    October 16, 2017

  • Doing Her Bit:A Story of the Woman's Land Army by Erin Hager, gives young readers an exciting taste of the Land Army. Based upon characters in Fruits of Victory, the story is told through the experiences of one young farmerette at the Bedford Camp and enhanced by Jen Hill's beautiful color illustrations, with vintage photos and poster reproductions on the flyleaves. A great gift.

  • The creative theatrical company The Anthropologists staged a revival of "Give Us Bread" celebrating the centennial of the 1917 NYC bread riots, which spurred creation of the Land Army.

  • Fruits of Victory is now available in a paperback edition, published by University of Nebraska Press.

  • Elaine delivered her first international talk at the Freshwater Library on the Isle of Wight, England, with an emphasis on the British roots of the American land army. The large and enthusiastic audience included a woman whose mother served in the British Women's Land Army of WWI.

  • Elaine's talk at the historic Monodnock Summer Lyceum series in Peterborough, New Hampshire was accompanied by a costumed chorus and instrumental ensemble performing Land Army songs arranged and orchestrated by August Watters, professor at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. The program was broadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio. Listen here:

  • HYPERLINK "http://info.nhpr.org/special-independence-day-program-patriot-farmerette"http://info.nhpr.org/special-independence-day-program-patriot-farmerette

Podcasts and Videos

Interview on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, with Liane Hansen.
Listen here.

Elaine's talk at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. was broadcast on C-Span 3's American History Television and is available to view online at the C-Span archives:
Click here.

Interview on WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio, The Faith Middleton Show
(Note: Elaine comes on 40 minutes into this hour-long podcast, so zip the button over to about 2/3 to the right to find it.)
Listen here.

Lecture at Enoch Pratt Library, Authors Series
Listen here.

MORE NEWS:

  • Fruits of Victory was nominated for the Literature Award of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries for "its outstanding contribution to the literature of horticulture or botany."

  • The Farmerettes spice up Jezebel

  • When Elaine spoke at the Library of Congress she was accompanied by members of the wonderful LoC chorus, who sang Land Army songs. They even found a new one in the sheet music archives of the LoC.

  • Elaine brought the Farmerettes to historic Hull House in Chicago and shared a dinner with local food activists.

  • More than 150 people attended Elaine's talk at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY, near the site of the WLA's Women's Agricultural Camp at Bedford. Co-sponsored by local gardening clubs, historical societies, and farmers' organizations, the event brought together descendants of those who participated in the Land Army during WWI and those who live on properties worked by the farmerettes.

  • And read these articles in the local press:
       
    1. Bedford Record Review 2
    2. Lower Hudson Journal News

  • FoV received an excellent review in the distinguished scholarly journal American History Review, the official publication of the American Historical Association:"As a journalist, Weiss is adept at gathering and organizing a voluminous amount of information and reporting it in a lively manner...Her narrative provides a wealth of material that scholars and teachers of U.S. women's history, American agricultural history, and the American experience in World War I will want to have at their fingertips."Read the full review here.

    Elaine was interviewed on NPR's Weekend Edition, the Bob Edwards Show on XM-Sirius Satellite Radio, as well as on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Connecticut Public Radio, and Maryland Public Radio.

    An interview with Elaine appeared in the Schlesinger Library News. The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is part of the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University.

    Elaine collaborated with an innovative theater company, The Anthropologists, in their production "Give Us Bread" based on the 1917 Food Riots and she presented a talk on the Land Army after the production in NYC.

  • Elaine spoke at the South East Museum in Brewster, New York about one of the Land Army's most colorful officers--Edith Diehl, a celebrated book binder and Brewster native. Following the talk, attendees toured Diehl's historic house in Brewster, courtesy of her great-niece, Melissa Fitzgerald.

Reviews

"Elaine Weiss has written an important book on an overlooked subject. Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great War covers the virtually unknown story of the "farmettes" who joined American's land army to feed the nation during World War I. This engaging account makes not only good reading, but also contributes to our understanding of both women's history and the home front during the war."
-- Jean Baker, Bennett-Harwood professor of history, Goucher College. Author of Sisters: Lives of America's Suffragists

"Weiss plows through a wide variety of primary sources and produces a bumper crop of determined women, stubborn men, telling anecdotes, and rich details, all part of a surprising and surprisingly moving story of mobilization and organization, patriotism and sexism. The army of "farmerettes," drawn from the classrooms of the "Seven Sisters" and urban factories, who came together as "soldiers of the soil" to harvest everything from cherries in Michigan to cotton in Georgia and the women who recruited, trained, and championed them leave an indelible imprint in this well-told tale of the remarkable effort of American women to feed a nation at war."
-- Kathryn Allamong Jacob, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

"Bravo to Elaine Weiss! She has rescued a fascinating chapter of our history from undeserved obscurity and tells the story of the Woman's Land Army of World War I with undeniable verve."
�Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History, University of Michigan, author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation