The Personal History of Rachel Dupree – Ann Weisgarber
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree tells the story of a negro woman’s struggle to better herself in early 20th century America. She moves out from working in a boarding house as a domestic in Chicago to the Badlands with her ambitious husband Issac. They raise a family together but life is incredibly tough and we watch across a few months, through a drought and then the subsequent storms and see her family worn ragged by the harshness of their life and Issac’s stubborness to stick it out.
I enjoyed this book, life is so difficult for Rachel reading this book encourages one to remember never to take a glass of water for granted or the myriad of opportunities we have available to us in contemporary society. Not as well publicised as Kathryn Stockett’s ‘The Help’ it deals with a similar period and topic in US history and is a good companion piece to show the limited options available to negro women who tried to make a better life for themselves in Apartheid America.
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