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Can Anything Beat White?A Black Family's Letters$
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Elisabeth Petry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617033209

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617033209.001.0001

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

(p.108) Chapter 6 Setting the Stage
Can Anything Beat White?

Elisabeth Petry

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Helen Lou Evelyn James and her correspondence. Helen, born on September 1, 1876, was the most prolific James correspondent and, except for Willis, the most well traveled. She was the first member of the James family to attend Hampton Institute. In 1901 Helen left Hampton, where she had been a teacher-trainee, to work as a maid in a school in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. She wrote to Bertha every two weeks. Helen had the most literate, and literary, style; her letters were long and filled with graphic images.

Keywords:   Helen Lou Evelyn James, correspondence, letters

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