Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America

Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America

by Micki McElya
     
 

Loving, hating, pitying, or pining for mammy became a way for Americans to make sense of shifting economic, social, and racial realities. Assertions of black contentment with servitude alleviated white fears while reinforcing racial hierarchy. McElya's stories expose the power and reach of this myth, not only in advertising, films, and literature about the South, but… See more details below

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Loving, hating, pitying, or pining for mammy became a way for Americans to make sense of shifting economic, social, and racial realities. Assertions of black contentment with servitude alleviated white fears while reinforcing racial hierarchy. McElya's stories expose the power and reach of this myth, not only in advertising, films, and literature about the South, but also in national monument proposals, child custody cases, New Negro activism, anti-lynching campaigns, and the civil rights movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024335
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,177,209
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction: The Faithful Slave

1. The Life of "Aunt Jemima"

2. Anxious Performances

3. The Line between Mother and Mammy

4. Monumental Power

5. The Violence of Affection

6. Confronting the Mammy Problem

Epilogue: Recasting the Faithful Slave

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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