The Real Help

The Real Help Reading Project–Helping Put The Help in its Historical Context

This reading project was co-founded by myself and Amy McKie.  Our goal was simply to read the books recommended by the Association of Black Women Historians as a response to the revisionist history found in The Help.  For more information, check out our intro posts (Amy’s, mine).

All Titles Covered:
Like One of The Family: Conversations from a Domestic’s Life
, Alice Childress (Amanda, Amy)
The Book of Night Women
by Marlon James (Amanda, Amy)
Blanche on the Lam
by Barbara Neeley (Amanda, Amy)
The Street
by Ann Petry (Amanda, Amy)
A Million Nightingales
by Susan Straight (Amanda, Amy)

Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household
by Thavolia Glymph (Amanda, Amy)
To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War
by Tera Hunter (Amanda, Amy)
Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women , Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present
by Jacqueline Jones (Amanda, Amy)
Living In, Living Out: African American Domestics and the Great Migration by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis (Amanda, Amy)
Coming of Age in Mississippi
by Anne Moody (Amanda, Amy)

  1. May 13, 2012 at 11:18 am

    You this site amiss the trurmoil of a angry hateful straight sister you were the light at the end of a storm for my paper and my review for a finale of the help!

  1. October 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

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