Mary Edwards Wertsch (born Mary Brightwell Edwards on July 23, 1951) is an author, journalist, independent publisher, and expert on the subculture of American military brats. She wrote the book Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress. This book is considered the seminal piece of literature dealing with the effects of growing up as a military brat. In writing the book, Wertsch, a reporter by training, interviewed over 80 military brats and documented the patterns she found in the ways military children are raised, and the ways they continue to be affected, both positively and negatively, well into adulthood.
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Born into a career Army family, Mary Brightwell Edwards, as she was
then named, lived in 20 houses and attended 12 schools by the time she
was 18. She has one brother, David, born in 1940. Their father. David
Lincoln Edwards (USMA, 1936), took the family overseas on assignments
to West Germany in the early 1950s and to France in the early 1960s,
where Mary attended a French school for two years (the Lycee
Internationale, also known as SHAPE School, then in St.
Germain-en-Laye, France). Bases where she lived growing up include Ft.
Myer, Virginia; Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; and Ft. Monroe, Virginia.
She graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1973 with a
B.A. in philosophy, and began a career in journalism. She worked for
two newspapers in Virginia, doing investigative reporting, feature
writing, and a column, before moving to San Francisco and Chicago to
pursue other projects. In 1985 she married James V. Wertsch, Ph.D.
They have two sons.
Wertsch now lives in St. Louis, where her husband is on the faculty of
Washington University in St. Louis. She is routinely interviewed and
invited to speak on the subject of military brats. She collaborates
with Marc Curtis of the Military Brat Registry to present workshops
for military brats around the country and on annual cruises. She is
the founder and president of Brightwell Publishing, the first
publishing house dedicated to books and films that explore and
strengthen military brat cultural identity, and writes The Military
Book and Other Writing
Wertsch wrote the book "Military Brats: Legacies of Growing Up Inside
the Fortress" (1991) that studied and analyzed the lives of 80
American military brats. Through this process, her book identifies
military brats as a hidden American subculture, and details patterns
in this population along sociological and psychological lines.
Wertsch is currently writing a second book that also discusses
military brats, but includes discussion of other types of Third
culture children as well. She has stated that the new book will focus
Third culture children
Third culture children
TCKWorld Interview with Mary Wertsch
Armed Forces Press Services Author Explains Culture for Fellow
Armed Forces Press Services Brats are a
Brats Without Borders 501c3 Nonprofit organization, promotes awareness and support for Military Brats and Third Culture Children. "Brats: Our Journey Home" Award winning documentary produced by Nonprofit organization about military brats, based significantly on research by Wertsch, also includes extensive interviews of Wertsch.
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