Telling Memories Among Southern Women: Domestic Workers and Their Employers in the Segregated South


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Conveys the bonds that have united black and white women from the Deep South and the tensions that have separated them.

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LSU Press

Conveys the bonds that have united black and white women from the Deep South and the tensions that have separated them.

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This collection of oral history narratives explores the attitudes and experiences of black women who worked as domestics in the segregated South and their white women employers. Although the narratives cover 1900 to the beginning of the Civil Rights era, the interviews were conducted in the 1980s. The memories, therefore, are recounted in light of the changes wrought by the intervening years. Tucker analyzes the complex social patterns of the times, the women's lifestyles, and the effect of selective memory on their stories. A fascinating study of a hitherto neglected area of social history. Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
An exploration of a complex, sometimes enigmatic bond. Mostly oral history narratives gathered from black domestic workers and their employers. Includes a photographic essay. No index. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807127995
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 279
  • Sales rank: 800,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Susan Tucker is curator of books and records at the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Pt. I Complex Bonds 13
Pt. II Clear Divisions, Rigidly Prescribed Contacts 69
Pt. III From Country to City 103
Pt. IV Giving and Receiving 145
Pt. V Knowing the White Folks, Knowing the Black Folks 189
Epilogue: Looking Backward, Looking Forward 247
Photographic Essay 263
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