The Maid Narratives
Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South
The Maid Narratives shares the memories of black domestic workers and the white families they served, uncovering the often intimate relationships between maid and mistress. Based on interviews with over fifty people—both white and black—these stories deliver a personal and powerful message about resilience and resistance in the face of oppression in the Jim Crow South.
David W. Jackson III is assistant professor in the department of African and African-American Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He is co-producer of the oral video history project African-American Voices of the Cedar Valley. In 2006, he received the Trio Achiever of the Year award for the State of Iowa.
Charletta Sudduth is an early childhood consultant for the Waterloo Community School District. She earned a master’s in social work and a doctorate in education, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Northern Iowa.
Advance Praise for The Maid Narratives
“This collection of oral history narratives fills a significant gap in U.S. social history. The book tells the story of those women who remember both segregation and domestic work in the South and took an active part in their migration to the Midwest. No person attempting to understand the popularity of books such as Gone with the Wind and The Help should be without it.”—Susan Tucker, author of Telling Memories Among Southern Women
Links for The Maid Narratives
What 'the maids' teach us (The Gazette, Iowa)
Unclean Hands — Charletta Sudduth talks with the guys about the contradictory ways cleanliness was understood in the Jim Crow South (BackStory)
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