Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (BLACK WOMEN WRITERS SERIES)

Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (BLACK WOMEN WRITERS SERIES) by Alice Childress epub pdf fb2

Title: Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (BLACK WOMEN WRITERS SERIES)
Author: Alice Childress
ISBN10: 0807009032
ISBN13: 978-0807009031
Publisher: Beacon Press (October 31, 1986)
Language: English
Subcategory: United States
Size PDF: 1665 kb
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Rating: 4.9/5
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Pages: 264 pages
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Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (BLACK WOMEN WRITERS SERIES) by Alice Childress


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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.