Raise Up a Child: Human Development in an African-American Family

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Edith Hudley is an African-American grandmother who was born poor in rural Texas in 1920. In this beguiling book she tells how, through many vicissitudes, she achieved a better life for herself, her children, and grandchildren. But she is no stereotype. Without sentimentality and with considerable humor, she tells of both the privations and pleasures of her long life so vividly that she draws the reader into her world. In this book she tells her stories to two white academics who know her well. At the end of each chapter, they provide an interlude suggesting what her narrative can teach about the process of human development. As each stage of her life unfolds, they make it clear how her character and convictions were formed.

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About the Author:

Wendy Haight (PhD, University of Chicago) is associate professor of social work at The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Peggy Miller (PhD, Columbia University) is professor of psychology and speech communication at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Both women have known Edith Hudley for years and in this book share the insights that Edith has given them that have enlarged their own understanding of human development.

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A compelling book....As an oral history, this book is appropriate to both the social sciences and the humanities....It provides valuable insights into the gendered and racial context of a woman's life, women's social history and mental health. --Karen Wyche, University of Miami

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