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The Massachusetts Observer


The Mammy Legend

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 01:39 PM PST


Once again it is time for an episode of Massachusetts Observer Radio where you hear programs from the past that shine a light on the present.

What do you think of when you hear the word "Mammy"? She's been sung about; she's been portrayed in movies and on radio and television; and she's been used to sell products.

The "Mammy" is the stereotype of the contented female slave. She happily devotes all of her time to her white "family" at the expense of her own. She mothers the white children and does the cooking, the cleaning, the washing - all with a broad grin on her face.

In 1944, the radio series "New World A-Coming" took on this "Mammy" depiction squarely. It was still very much in vogue in 1940's white culture and in many ways exists in our present day in the minds of some people. Justification for racism never seems to go out of style.

Here, then, for your consideration, Massachusetts Observer Radio presents the 1944 broadcast of "New World A-Coming" titled "The Mammy Legend."


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