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Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (Black Women Writers Series)

  • Author:Alice Childress
  • Creator:Trudier Harris
  • Brand:Brand: Beacon Press
  • Category:Book
  • List Price: $19.00
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  • Seller:Jasonbookstore
  • Sales Rank:419,397
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:264
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.7
  • Dimensions (in):8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7
  • Publication Date:October 31, 1986
  • ISBN:0807009032
  • EAN:9780807009031
  • ASIN:0807009032
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Synopsis
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.

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