The Truth About The Help

1582 WordsJun 15, 20157 Pages
The Truth About The Help The Help, tells the story of African American maids working in the homes of prominent white southern families in racially volatile Mississippi. The story takes place in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights movement and is a fictional tale of three women; Abilieen, her friend Minnie, both of whom are African American maids, and Eugenia Phelan, nicknamed Skeeter, who all come together to expose what it is like working for these families. Based on my experience growing up in Mississippi I wrote The Help to illustrate the indignities African American maids during the 1960s suffered at the hands of their white employers. Race is a very controversial subject among people. We seem to forget there was a time when white people actually thought that African- American people were subordinate to them. But see the thing is, I have first hand experience of this time. I was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1969 (I know I’m old). Jackson, Mississippi was plagued with racial tensions and discrimination in the 1960s. Growing up, it was just a “normal part of life the rules between blacks and whites” (Stockett 448) and that’s why I choose to mirror my book around my life. My experience was somewhat different than most people during that time. I was living with my grandparent’s full time because my parents were divorced, and my dad was unable to take care of my siblings and I due to the long hours he worked. They had a maid named Demetrie. She became a mother figure to
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