Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Pan-African Studies, MA
Jones, Yvonne V.
Black women; Women's studies; Women in civil rights; Black domestic workers
Women household employees--Southern States--History; African American women--Civil rights--Southern States--History; Minority women--Southern States--Social conditions; Civil rights movements--Southern States--History--20th century
During the 1960's, nearly ninety percent of black women in the South worked as domestic servants. While much has been written depicting the dehumanizing and exploitative conditions in which they lived, their contributions to human rights garnered from their subtle acts of resistance and specifically, their involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, has either been undocumented or documented quite minimally. Despite their historical roles and socioeconomic disadvantages, their reach for human agency was beneficial to society. This thesis examines their labor as domestic workers and their participation in the Civil Rights Movement using the qualitative research method of interviews and black feminist theoretical perspective.
Armstrong, Trena Easley 1958-, "The hidden help : black domestic workers in the civil rights movement." (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 46.