By Judith Rollins
With intelligence, perception, and humor, Odette Harper Hines describes her lifestyles a lifestyles that reversed the development of the nice Migration by means of starting in prosperity within the city North and getting into the small-town South. Recorded via Judith Rollins over 8 years, this intimate narrative is an strange collaboration among African American ladies who signify generations of civil rights activists. Born in big apple right into a cozy relations, Hines' activism begun within the Abyssinian Baptist Church in her teenagers and endured all through her existence as she witnessed the good melancholy in Harlem, labored at the WPA Writers undertaking, turned exposure director of the NAACP, and volunteered for the crimson go in Europe in the course of WWII. while she moved to Louisiana in 1946, she persevered to problem racial injustice and risked her existence to deal with civil rights employees within the early Nineteen Sixties (Rollins, between them). She later begun and directed the Headstart software in her parish. all through this narrative, Hines describes her relationships with such figures as Mary McLeod Bethune, Adam Clayton Powell, Walter White, Thurgood Marshall, Ella Baker, Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, Ralph Ellison, and so forth. but Hines' memoir is not just approximately her public existence. She courageously unearths her own lifestyles and personal soreness. Twenty-eight pictures generally from Hines' relations album accuentuate this oral historical past that's, as Rollins states in her advent, 'a advanced and textured portrait of a unprecedented 20th century American woman.' writer word: Judith Rollins is affiliate Professor of Africana reports and Sociology at Wellesley collage, and the writer of "Between ladies: Domestics and Their Employers" (Temple).
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And he sent bones for him. He didn't charge for any of that. Getting the milk, bread, and stew beef was the shopping that we, as children, had responsibility to do. The selecting of vegetables and all other food items was left to the adults. In my time, the house had steam heat fired by a gas furnace. Before that, it Page 16 was steam heat fired by coal. There was a coal chute that went down into the coal bin in the cellar near where the furnace was. Before I was born, they used the fireplaces that were all through the place for heat, and they added to that with small oil stoves.
My mother couldn't cook worth a toot. She never had to learn. First, there were all those senior citizens around the house and then there was Miss Frances. My mother was always more of a peer to me than a mother. I didn't really have a model of mother as a housekeeper. But I did get the message that housework is women's workjust not my work or my mother's work. Absolutely all the cooking and cleaning and mending in that house was done by women. The only time they didn't prepare our food was when we got something from the pizzeria or rotisserie.
I am grateful for the time they so graciously gave. I am grateful, too, to Abafazi and the Journal of Women's History for publishing Chapters VI and X, respectively. The secre- Page xvi tarial assistance of Sarah Avery, Catherine Potter, Sarah Koolsbergen, and Denise Rebeiro has been enjoyable and expert. And the financial assistance of the Simmons College Fund for Research, the American Philosophical Society, the Devereaux Charitable Foundation, and a Wellesley College Research Grant has been invaluable.