Major John Andre, Harriet Tubman, Julia Child, And James Bond

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Major John André, Harriet Tubman, Julia Child, and James Bond. What do these people all have in common? They were all spies. Major John André worked for the British during the American Revolution, relaying important information back to England (Bhatt). Harriet Tubman worked for the Yankees, helping slaves escape during the Civil War. Julia Child handled many classified documents during World War II, including papers about the invasion of the Malay Peninsula (“A Look Back… Julia Child…”). And, of course, there’s James Bond, the greatest fictional spy in literature. This essay will explore the significance of the OSS, brief biographies of influential female spies in World War II, and the tactics used in World War II. So, what exactly is a spy? Merriam-Webster defines one as “a person employed by one nation to secretly convey classified information of strategic importance to another nation” (“Spy”). In other words, a spy is someone who looks for secrets and/or plans of one country to give to the country in which their loyalties lie. This definition well describes spies in World War II. During World War II, spies and espionage became more prominent. This time period marks the beginning of a kind of ‘background’ espionage, meaning an emphasis on decoding and looking into the media for hidden messages rather than primarily going into enemy territory and eavesdropping or sneaking around. This was also when women, specifically in America and England, obtained the opportunity to

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