The Help By Kathryn Stockett Essay

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In 1896, The United States Supreme Court established a doctrine stating “Separate but equal”, this doctrine was set up to show that blacks and whites were to be treated equal in society. The doctrine may have said “Separate but equal,” but in reality society was still separate and unequal for blacks and whites (Staff of the National Museum of American History). Whites who lived during this time period were treated much better than any blacks ever were. Blacks were denied employment, entrance to schools, and could not sit in front of whites on public transportation “(Jim Crow Laws Denied Blacks Dignity, Vote)”. Almost every white family living in the southern region of America during the 1960’s had a black servant working for their family. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, accurately portrays Jim Crow Laws, the roles of African Americans servants, and misconceptions whites had about blacks during the 1960’s in the southern part of the United States. Kathryn Stockett, the author of The Help, grew up in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1970’s. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing. After graduating college, she went on to write her first novel, The Help. She was rejected by many publishing agencies before she was finally published by Penguin Books (Einhorn). Due to Stockett growing up in the South during a segregated time between blacks and whites, almost every family she knew had an African American maid working for them.…

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