Rebecca Jo Plant

Rebecca Jo Plant

An associate professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, Rebecca Jo Plant is the author of Mom: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America (2010) and a coeditor of Maternalism Reconsidered: Motherhood, Welfare, and Social Policies in the Twentieth Century (2012). Her research interests include women's, gender, and family history; the history of therapeutic culture and the psychological professions; and the social and psychological impact of war in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. She has held fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the Australian Research Council. With Frances M. Clarke, she coauthored "'The Crowning Insult': Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s," which appeared in the Journal of American History in 2015 and was awarded the Association of Black Women Historians' Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Article Prize for the best article in the field of the history of women, gender, or sexuality. She and Clarke are currently collaborating on a new project about underage soldiers during the American Civil War.

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  • Race, Motherhood, and the Commemoration of America's World War I Dead
  • War Trauma, Military Psychiatry, and American Manhood in World War II
  • World War I and the Making of Modern America
  • Young Blood: Underage Enlistment in the U.S. Civil War

Process: A Blog for American History

Federal Segregation and Gold Star Mothers

Written with Frances Clarke