“Allison Finkelstein’s book expands our knowledge of the women who served the nation in a time of war, and who wanted their work to be remembered. She recovers not just the work they did, but their attempts to commemorate it in ways that honored and ‘paid forward’ their commitments to serving others. They did this, as she shows, not just by erecting monuments, but by forming ‘living memorials’ such as buildings and schools but also less tangible things such as advocacy work and providing financial support. These “veteranists” worked to make the public see women not just as war-time volunteers but as veterans, in their own right, even though many of them had worked in non-official and non-governmental capacities.”
—Pearl James, author The New Death: American Modernism and World War I and editor of Picture This!
“Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials not only adds to the study of American memory of the war by including service to others as a form of remembrance, but by shedding light on the ways women sought full recognition for their service as veterans on par with that accorded men.”
—Kimberly J. Lamay Licursi, author of Remembering World War I in America