Nanny with Child

Title

Nanny with Child

Description

In this undated photo we see an older African American woman right next to, in fact touching, the young white girl of about 6 or 7, the woman’s clothes seem to indicate being a servant, her expression is not happy. This photo raises a key point about segregation: while it was a system of separation reinforced by law, custom and violence, blacks who were subservient to whites were in fact expected to be physically close.

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Citation

"Nanny with Child," in Teaching with Laurel Grove School, Item #87, http://chnm.gmu.edu/laurelgrove/items/show/87 (accessed September 2, 2014).