Black People : The Butler, The Help, and Backstairs at The White House

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    Before The Help, black domestics did Speak Out

    June 29, 2011

    If you’ve ever wondered what actual black domestics had to say about their working conditions and their lives as African Americans in this country during slavery and segregation, here are a few books (and even a DVD) that may be of interest.

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    In 1865, Paul Jennings wrote about being The Help in The White House in "A Colored Man's Reminiscences of James Madison"

    Read more...
    https://acriticalreviewofthehelp.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/black-domestics-speak


    The Butler was an interesting look into the life of a White House servant, but it was not the first to take on the task of retelling these stories.

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    Before Eugene Allen, portrayed as Cecil Gaines in The Butler, there was Margaret "Maggie" Rogers and Lillian Rogers Parks.


    Also referred to as "The First Maid"
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    Backstairs at the White House is a 1979 NBC television miniseries based on the book My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House by Lillian Rogers Parks and Frances Spatz Leighton.

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    Lillian Rogers Parks

    The series, produced by Ed Friendly Productions, is the story of behind-the-scenes workings of the White House and the relationship between the staff and the First Families.


    Backstairs at the White House

    Introduction:



    Part 1


    Part 2


    Part 3


    Part 4



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    Other related sources:

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/...S-RECALL-THEIR-SERVICE-WITH-PRIDE.html?pg=all

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...er-reveals-White-Houses-shameful-history.html

    http://robertwilliamsofbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2011/03/black-history-of-white-house-by.html

    http://www.whitehousehistory.org/history/white-house-timelines/workers-1900s-1940s.html
     
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