The Help By Kathryn Stockett Essay

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The Help
During the 1960’s racism, discrimination, and prejudice was at its height. Although slavery was abolished, whites and coloreds were still segregated. Being that whites were the superior group they were able to oppress the black community in different ways. Since privileged white Americans were the ones making the laws, the laws did not govern the people, they govern themselves. For instance, in the fifteenth Amendment states “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude” (Kennedy, 2010). Jim Crow laws were passed to make it hard for blacks and poor white men to vote (Kennedy,2010). The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, is an illustration of the different ways white privilege was used in the south in the 1960 's. Black Americans in the book were viewed as the inferior group, they were segregated, mistreated, and deprived of their rights.
The Help tells a story of a white American named Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan who was writing a story about black American maids and how their employers treat them. The book starts off with Aibileen Clark narrating. Aibileen was born in 1909 (), she has raised seventeen kids in her lifetime (). Aibileen specialty is raising babies, once a child reaches a certain ago she moves on to the next baby (). Aibileen is currently taking care of Elizabeth Leefolt daughter Mae Mobley Leefolt. Elizabeth is also best…

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