The Help By Kathryn Stockett Essay

1123 Words Dec 17th, 2015 5 Pages
Harsh treatments and unjust laws, these were known to be a “normal” part of the American society only about 50 years ago, and some even still continue today. The book, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett depicts from both African American and White Americans perspective towards racism and unjust laws during the 1960’s. Skeeter, a White American, is a writer who as a young women, recently out of college, strives to find an innovative topic for a book. She settled on the topic of African American maids because she had one growing up as a child. Through illegal interviews and loosing all her friends her eyes were opened as to the discrimination and hatred the African Americans, who had the same color skin as the maid who she loved and was raised by, had to endure every day. The book, The Help, was historically accurate in depicting the legal segregation of African Americans, and discrimination and racism towards African Americans during the 1960’s in the South. De jure segregation is a type of segregation that separates two groups of people according to the law; America had De jure segregation in the 1900’s that separated white and colored people, and the white people were more favored upon. The origin of segregation came from slavery, and it took three important amendments to give African Americans important rights. Many Southern states allowed slaves, so after the Confederate states lost the Civil War, they were use to, and still felt superior to the African Americans…

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