The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Aibileen, a colored maid, works for a white women named Elizabeth Leefolt. One day, when it was Miss. Leefolt's turn to host bridge club, Aibileen overhears one of Elizabeth's friend telling her to get a separate bathroom for the colored help. Another friend of Elizabeth's is not pleased with this suggestion.
Skeeter wants to write about how life is for colored people who work for white families. When Skeeter asks Aibileen, she was hesitant at first, but then, she later agreed to help. Skeeter was also able to recruit Minny, another colored maid, to tell her story. The only problem was that no other maid wanted to help.
After a friend of Aibileen's was unjustly trialed for jail, many maids volunteered to tell their stories. Skeeter has to be careful around her white friends because one of them, Miss. Hilly, started to catch on what Skeeter was doing. Skeeter is risking the lives of the maids with this book and she also is in risk to go to jail if she is caught.
Ever since Miss. Hilly found Skeeter reading laws relating to African Americans, she had begun to outcast her in the Jackson Junior League. Skeeter has to be careful around Miss. Hilly because she was the one to send Abilene's friend to jail and was the one to spread lies about Minny. Skeeter finishes the book and sends it to a publishing company.
Elaine Stein, an editor of the publishing company, approves the book and had copies made to sell throughout the U.S. The book began to sell quickly after it was featured on television. Miss. Hilly was outraged when she figured out that the book was featured on her friends and herself. This is a disaster for many black maids.
After Miss. Hilly reads her section, she does everything in her power to convince everyone in town that the story is not based off of their town. This is because the book reveals somethings that Miss. Hilly does not want people to know. Miss. Hilly is furious and tries to accuse Aibileen for stealing her silverware as revenge. Aibileen was able to avoid the problem but she was fired by Miss. Leefolt.
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