Ep. 7: Myth of the Merry Black Mammy

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 Dr. Kimberly Wallace Sanders

Dr. Kimberly Wallace Sanders

Dr. Kimberly Wallace Sanders, Emory Professor and author of Mammy: A Century of Race, Gender and Southern Memory and Skin Deep. Spirit Strong: Critical Essays on the Black Female Body in American Culture helps us begin our 4-part look into the Black Mammy Caricature. Dr. Wallace Sanders provides insight into the history and characteristics of the Mammy caricature. She also explores the relationship between the Mammy caricature and the American classic, Uncle Tom's Cabin. We'll also take a look at how this caricature was introduced in the film, The Imitation of Life.



Imitation of Life (1934)


Plantation Literature - Featuring Mammy Characters

Creative Tension is also made possible thru the cooperation of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University and their Behind the Veil Oral History Project.

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