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Like one of the family : conversations from a domestic's life

Author: Alice Childress
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, 1986.
Series: Black women writers series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Like One of the Family, which provides historical context for Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help, is comprised of a series of conversations between Mildred, a black domestic, and her friend Marge. They create a vibrant picture of the life of a black working woman in New York in the 1950s. Rippling with satire and humor, Mildred's outspoken accounts capture vividly her white employers' complacency and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Childress
ISBN: 9780807096659 0807096652
OCLC Number: 773822584
Notes: Originally published: Brooklyn, NY : Independence Publishers, 1956.
Description: 1 online resource (235 pages).
Series Title: Black women writers series.
Responsibility: Alice Childress ; introduction by Trudier Harris.

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Like One of the Family, which provides historical context for Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help, is comprised of a series of conversations between Mildred, a black domestic, and her friend Marge. They create a vibrant picture of the life of a black working woman in New York in the 1950s. Rippling with satire and humor, Mildred's outspoken accounts capture vividly her white employers' complacency and condescension'and startled reactions to a maid who speaks her mind. As Mildred declares to a patronizing employer that she is not just like one of the family, or explains to Marge how a tricky employer has created a system of "half days off" to cheat her help, we gain a glimpse not only of one woman's day to day struggle, but of her previous ache of racial oppression. A domestic who refuses to exchange dignity for pay, Mildred is an inspiring conversationalist, a dragon slayer in a segregated world. The conversations in the book were first published in Freedom, the newspaper edited by Paul Robeson, and later in the Baltimore Afro-American. The book was originally published in the 1950s by in Brooklyn'based Independence Press, and Beacon Press brought out a new edition of it in 1986 with an introduction by the literary and cultural critic Trudier Harris. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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