The Maid Narratives

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-09-17
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologue: Notes from the Authorsp. xiii
The Background
Introductionp. 13
History and Contextp. 17
The Women of the Great Migrationp. 53
The Maid Narratives
In Their Own Wordsp. 61
"They didn't want no Negroes to have no freedom."p. 62
"I worked in the home of William Faulkner."p. 68
"The man didn't want me to wash my hands in the wash pan."p. 74
"My mother named me after her doll."p. 76
"I worked for white families as soon as I was old enough to walk."p. 89
"I wish to God I could tell you more, but it's too painful."p. 102
"I came from a little nobody to somebody."p. 112
'"She's twelve years old; call her Miss Nancy.'"p. 117
"You never went in the front door."p. 127
"It's just the way we lived down South; nobody bothered anybody."p. 137
"I always thought that my brother might have been kin to them [the white family]."p. 146
"[My sister] told me, 'I would not only clean the bathroom but I'd take a bath in the bathtub.'"p. 155
"I always wanted to be a teacher."p. 162
The Maid Narrative Themesp. 168
The White Family Narratives
In Their Own Wordsp. 201
"It's just not done."p. 201
"I don't remember experiencing any tension or problem resulting from this custom."p. 204
"Thanks for the memories."p. 207
"You have to talk to them, and really listen to them."p. 210
"It was what it was, and now is no more."p. 218
"To realize… that my family was a part of it was humiliating."p. 222
"Viola was my second mother."p. 224
"If only I had been able to appreciate her when I knew her as a child."p. 227
"I grew up during Freedom Slimmer."p. 231
"My story… has only one act."p. 234
"It remains a difficult topic to discuss in polite company."p. 236
"She remembered me as a small child."p. 238
"These photos have been in every kitchen I have ever had."p. 239
"I wonder if May ever thought of us being spoiled."p. 245
"My parents were civil rights allies."p. 248
"My father was Native American."p. 249
The White Family Narrative Themesp. 253
Epiloguep. 283
Referencesp. 287
Indexp. 293
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