Wormer, Katherine Van.

The Maid Narratives : Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South - Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2012. - 1 online resource (317 p.) - eBooks on Demand Southern Literary Studies . - Southern Literary Studies .

Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Prologue: Notes from the Authors; Part I. The Background; 1. Introduction; 2. History and Context; 3. The Women of the Great Migration; Part II. The Maid Narratives; 4. In Their Own Words; "They didn't want no Negroes to have no freedom."; "I worked in the home of William Faulkner."; "The man didn't want me to wash my hands in the wash pan."; "My mother named me after her doll."; "I worked for white families as soon as I was old enough to walk."; "I wish to God I could tell you more, but it's too painful." "I came from a little nobody to somebody.""'She's twelve years old; call her Miss Nancy.'"; "You never went in the front door."; "It's just the way we lived down South; nobody bothered anybody."; "I always thought that my brother might have been kin to them [the white family]."; "[My sister] told me, 'I would not only clean the bathroom but I'd take a bath in the bathtub.'"; "I always wanted to be a teacher."; 5. The Maid Narrative Themes; Part III. The White Family Narratives; 6. In Their Own Words; "It's just not done." "I don't remember experiencing any tension or problem resulting from this custom.""Thanks for the memories."; "You have to talk to them, and really listen to them."; "It was what it was, and now is no more."; "To realize . . . that my family was a part of it was humiliating."; "Viola was my second mother."; "If only I had been able to appreciate her when I knew her as a child."; "I grew up during Freedom Summer."; "My story . . . has only one act."; "It remains a difficult topic to discuss in polite company."; "She remembered me as a small child." "These photos have been in every kitchen I have ever had.""I wonder if May ever thought of us being spoiled."; "My parents were civil rights allies."; "My father was Native American."; 7. The White Family Narrative Themes; Epilogue; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; W; Y; Z

The Maid Narratives shares the memories of black domestic workers and the white families they served, uncovering the often intimate relationships between maid and mistress. Based on interviews with over fifty people-both white and black-these stories deliver a personal and powerful message about resilience and resistance in the face of oppression in the Jim Crow South.The housekeepers, caretakers, sharecroppers, and cooks who share their experiences in The Maid Narratives ultimately moved away during the Great Migration. Their perspectives as servants who left for better opportunities outside

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Women household employees - Southern States - History - 20th century.
Women household employees - Southern States - History - 20th century.


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