Join us on February 18, 2016, 5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m., as Jennifer Robin Terry discusses her work on children’s labor during World War II, the challenges associated with finding children in archival records, and her current project on the Victory Farm Volunteers (VFV)–a program that recruited urban kid power for farm production labor during the war.
Much ado has been made about the patriotic droves of American women who entered the workforce during World War II. Less well known, however, is the fact that millions of children and teenagers also answered the nation’s call to duty. Often recruited right out of their schools, children toiled in industry, agriculture, retail, and service sectors, yet few of those children left direct documentation of their work experiences.
About the speaker:
Jennifer Robin Terry is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. A long-time resident of the Sacramento area, Jennifer earned a MA and BA in U.S. History from Sacramento State and taught a number of history courses at American River College and Sacramento State. In 2014, Jennifer’s article, “They ‘Used to Tear Around the Campus Like Savages’: Children’s and Youth’s Activities in the Santo Tomás Internment Camp, 1942-1945” was awarded the Neil Sutherland Prize for the best scholarly article on the history of childhood. The article, drawn from her MA research, detailed the experiences of American and British children who were imprisoned by the Japanese in Manila during World War II.
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