Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap by Verta Mae
by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
Publication Date: Oct 16, 2018
List Price: $16.95 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 176
Imprint: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Parent Company: Univ Of Minnesota Press
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 Interspersed with musings and interviews are historical references, quotations, and personal anecdotes that make this account all the more intimate, heartbreaking, and relevant.
- History / African American
- Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
- Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
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