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Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap by Verta Mae
by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

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    List Price: $16.95
    Format: Paperback, 176 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9781517906078
    Imprint: Univ Of Minnesota Press
    Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
    Parent Company: Univ Of Minnesota Press
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    Book Description:
    Observations from the lives of African American domestic workers—back in print

    Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off is an exploration of the lives of African American domestic workers in cities throughout the United States during the mid-twentieth century. With dry wit and honesty, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor relates the testimonies of maids, cooks, child care workers, and others as they discuss their relationships with their employers and their experiences on the job. She connects this work with popular culture, presenting Aunt Jemima, Mammies, Uncle Ben, and other charged figures through the eyes of domestic workers as opposed to their employers, and remembers her own family history (her mother and grandmother were domestic workers after migrating to Philadelphia from South Carolina). Interspersed with musings and interviews are historical references, quotations, and personal anecdotes that make this account all the more intimate, heartbreaking, and relevant.

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