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Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America
by Micki McElya
Harvard University Press, 2007
Cloth: 978-0-674-02433-5 | eISBN: 978-0-674-04079-3
Library of Congress Classification E185.86.M397 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.3620820973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Loving, hating, pitying, or pining for mammy became a way for Americans to make sense of shifting economic, social, and racial realities. Assertions of black contentment with servitude alleviated white fears while reinforcing racial hierarchy. McElya's stories expose the power and reach of this myth, not only in advertising, films, and literature about the South, but also in national monument proposals, child custody cases, New Negro activism, anti-lynching campaigns, and the civil rights movement.

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