Books to Wake Public Consciousness

Usually books are meant to entertain us and save from boredom of ordinary life. However, some writers use their literary talent to speak of the things which the government prefers to conceal from public view. For instance, I recommend you to read the following books to get an idea of what the life of African American servants in the America of 1950s was like.

“The Help”, a novel written by Kathryn Stockett in 2009, provides an opportunity to learn more about the difficulties and injustice with which the life pf black people was filled. The main characters of the book are maids Aibileen and Minny whose life was bitter most of them time but who, nevertheless, preserved the kindness and the ability to love in their hearts. A young white woman, Skeeter, is concerned about the poor state of black people and writes a novel about the life of the help in Mississippi to draw the public attention to the problem. It is a very brave step as Skeeter’s voice became the first to express dissatisfaction with present regime. The book is full of sad stories of the maids being devoted to the family but punished cruelly for their minor faults.

Another book which covers the topic of inequality between black and whites in the middle of the twentieth century is “Fried Green Tomatoes” by Fanny Flagg. It is a novel about friendship and devotion which does not depend on the color of the skin. Black and white people living in a small town in Alabama face the difficulties of life together. The main characters of the story, two inseparable friends Ruth and Idgie make their Whistle Stop Café a home for everybody who needs help. These finely developed heroines remind us how important is to remain humane and fight your racial prejudices.

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