Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

On Having A Mammy [Short Story]

Dublin Core

Title

On Having A Mammy [Short Story]
The Messenger, Volume XLIV
Page 323 (1 of 3)

Description

In this three-page story, the author, A.W., offers a fictional account of the black stereotype of a "mammy" which describes a black woman who works as a housekeeper and/or nanny for white families. The story lovingly describes mammies, but it is a caricature in the historically racist stereotype of a "mammy" often used by blackface performers in minstrel shows.

Creator

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Richmond, VA

Date

1918

Contributor

Katherine Desloge

Format

Files

Collection

Citation

A.W. , “On Having A Mammy [Short Story],” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed June 16, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/34.