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Like One of the Family

Like One of the Family

(1986)
Conversations from a Domestic's Life
A novel by

 
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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Paperback Editions

January 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: Like One of The Family
Author(s): Alice Childress
ISBN: 0-8070-5074-1 / 978-0-8070-5074-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Beacon Press
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September 1986 : USA Paperback
Title: Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (Black Women Writers Series)
Author(s): Alice Childress
ISBN: 0-8070-0903-2 / 978-0-8070-0903-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Beacon Press
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Like One of The Family
Author(s): Alice Childress
Publisher: Beacon Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (Black Women Writers Series)
Author(s): Alice Childress
Publisher: Beacon Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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