By Premilla Nadasen
Telling the tales of African American family employees, this e-book resurrects a little-known background of household employee activism within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, supplying new views on race, exertions, feminism, and organizing.
In this groundbreaking heritage of African American domestic-worker organizing, student and activist Premilla Nadasen shatters numerous myths and misconceptions approximately an traditionally misunderstood staff. Resurrecting a little-known heritage of domestic-worker activism from the Nineteen Fifties to the Seventies, Nadasen indicates how those girls have been a miles cry from the stereotyped passive and powerless sufferers; they have been leading edge hard work organizers who tirelessly equipped on buses and streets around the usa to convey dignity and criminal reputation to their occupation.
Dismissed through mainstream hard work as “unorganizable,” African American family employees constructed specific ideas for social swap and shaped exceptional alliances with activists in either the women’s rights and the black freedom activities. utilizing storytelling as a kind of activism and as technique of setting up a collective identification as staff, those girls proudly declared, “We refuse to be your mammies, nannies, aunties, uncles, ladies, handmaidens any longer.”
With compelling own tales of the leaders and members at the entrance strains, Household staff Unite offers voice to the negative girls of colour whose devoted fight for better wages, greater operating stipulations, and appreciate at the task created a sustained political move that endures today.
Winner of the 2016 Sara A. Whaley publication Prize
From the Hardcover edition.