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Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life
     

Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life

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by Trudier Harris, Alice Childress
 

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ISBN-10: 0807009032

ISBN-13: 9780807009031

Pub. Date: 10/28/1986

Publisher: Beacon Press

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780807009031
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
10/28/1986
Series:
Black Women Writers Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
606,039
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.55(d)

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Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some would say this was like The Help but I don't think so. It was like someone was talking to u. The first book I have read like that it was still a good read. If you like to read books around the Civil War time I would say give it try.
Star5NBC More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. If you have read The Help this is a nice follow up book. I truly wish this was available for the Nook & Nook Color. Come on Barns & Noble lets get with the program The Kindel has it! I need this e-book for my Nook Book Club!