AMS 203-001 28 February 2014 Reading Response #3 Clinging to Mammy, by Micki McElya, recounts the post antebellum period in the United States in which the stories and images of the African American person transformed from the slave to the faithful, loving, and dependent house servant; for the black woman, it became the “mammy.” The mammy became the image of plantation fantasies; the devoted black women who cared for the children, and ran the household. McElya describes the change of image as, “the relationship of the master to the slave was removed from market forces and economic exigency and functioned more like a familial relationship between father and child...based on mutual obligations, responsibilities, and affection” (page 60.)Slavery to the southern plantations was nearly a necessity, as emancipation drew near; the image of the black and white relationship had to quickly change to appeal to the nation at large. The mammy image was thus created to cover the brutalities and horrors that
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