Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Homesickness [Short Story]

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Title

Homesickness [Short Story]
The Messenger Volume XLIII 1916-1917
Page 89 (Page 1 of 2)

Description

This short story written by Westhampton College freshman, Mary McDaniel, describes her experience as a homesick freshman. She talks how her expectations of leaving home were different from how she felt once she got to Richmond and how she misses the comforts of home. She vividly describes the day she left home to go to Richmond and how her, "old colored mammy [was] standing on the steps, crying at the thought of her "baby chile's" going away". Mary's "mammy" resembles the stereotypical “mammy” figure associated with popular depictions of black women during this period. In addition, it is clear that the relationship between Mary and her African American caretaker is very strong because she said her "mammy" was crying at the sight of her leaving home.

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Richmond, Virginia

Date

1916-1917

Contributor

Campbell Crochiere

Format

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Collection

Citation

Mary McDaniel, '20, “Homesickness [Short Story],” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed October 14, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/83.