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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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The Surrogate Mother

The Surrogate Mother

(p.22) Chapter 2 The Surrogate Mother
Can Anything Beat White?

Elisabeth Petry

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Bertha Ernestine James and her correspondence. Bertha was the eldest child of Willis and Anna Houston James. Anna molded Bertha into a loving woman who nurtured her brothers and sisters, and later her own children and their friends. The letters Bertha received as well as the few of those she wrote paint her as a hard-working, creative woman with a whimsical sense of humor and strong opinions, especially in matters of style and deportment.

Keywords:   Willis S. James, Anna Houston James, Bertha Ernestine James, correspondence, letters

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