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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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