The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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“‘Did you hear about the colored boy this morning? One they beat with a tire iron for accidentally using the white bathroom? …And my cousin Shinelle in Cauter County? They burn up her car cause she went down to the voting station.’” (Stockett 120) During the 1960’s racism and violence is prominent in southern states due to the Jim Crow laws. In the novel, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, it depicts what life was like Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960’s. The novel is told through a group of maids telling their stories to a young writer, Skeeter Phelan. These maids, Aibileen and Minny, describe what it is like being African-American during this time period as they risk their lives sharing their struggles and hardships they go through on a daily basis due to the lack of equality in Mississippi. “The inevitability of death by no shoes. Death by no husband” (Stockett 66). This quote said by Skeeter Phelan, the writer of the maids’ stories, shows the impact of women’s roles in the 1960’s. Skeeter has faced constant disapproval from her mother and society as she chooses her career over finding the perfect husband and starting a family. During the 1960’s women had strict social roles, due to the baby boomers era a decade earlier. African-Americans also felt strict rules because of segregation. In the 1960’s both minorities began to push for equal rights; African-Americans did this by beginning the Civil Rights Movement while women began the feminist

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