The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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The novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett took place in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s, a period that saw the segregation of blacks and the prejudice of whites dominate the southern United States. The novel focused on two black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, and their work environment with their white employers. The racism of many high society women, like Hilly Holbrook and Elizabeth Leefolt, was showcased throughout the story. Skeeter was the outlier in her society. After returning to Jackson following her graduation from the University of Mississippi, she wanted to do something more with her life than be a white married housewife. As a result, she worked with Aibileen, Minny and other black maids to write a book that revealed the relations and treatment that maids experienced from their employers. The harsh treatment of blacks in the south and the successes and difficulties of The Civil Rights Movement were displayed through the lives of Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter.
After experiencing decades of racism and segregation, black and white people began to stand up to oppression in the 1950s. Black people were living in a society that denied them equal political, social, educational, and economic opportunity. Black people’s rights were consistently violated based purely on the color of their skin. The Civil Rights Movement began with nonviolent protests against segregationists in the south. Some of the more famous protests include the Greensboro sit ins and the…

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