Essay .................... by Valerie Smith Skeeter's lack of knowledge about her beloved Constantine's life suggests the asymmetry in the relationship between the black maids and the families for which they worked. The maids attended to the most intimate details of the lives of the families that employed them. Yet even the children who believe they love them know next to nothing about their private lives. "Nursemaid with her charge," Arkansas, ca. 1855, Ambrotype/ Tintype photograph filing series, Library of Congress. he past several decades have seen an outpouring of literary and cinematic texts that take what is commonly known as the modern Civil Right Movement or the southern freedom struggle as their subject. The recent resurgence of interest in the Civil Rights era among writers, musicians, and performance and visual artists acknowledges the transformative impact of the activism, rhetoric, theology, and iconography of the period. Not only did the Civil Rights Movement substantially alter the socio-political (and spatial) configuration of relations within the United States, but it also exerted a profound influence on other political movements for equality around the world. Mainstream representations frequently confirm popular constructions of the Movement as a primarily southern phenomenon that occurred from
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Feb 8, 2014
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