“We Ain’t Doin’ Civil Rights”: The Life and Times of a Genre, as Told in The Help

  title={“We Ain’t Doin’ Civil Rights”: The Life and Times of a Genre, as Told in The Help},
  author={Allison Graham},
  journal={Southern Cultures},
  pages={51 - 64}
  • A. Graham
  • Published 22 March 2014
  • Sociology
  • Southern Cultures
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Midway through the 2011 film adaptation of The Help, Charlotte Phelan storms into the "relaxing room" of her plantation home and turns off the television set that her daughter Skeeter and two members of the domestic staff have been watching. "Don't encourage them like that!" she yells at her daughter, as "the help" rush from the room. The futility of the outburst is matched only by its historical improbability. By the late spring or early summer of 1963 (when the scene… 
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