Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Title Page, Copyright

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. v

read more

Preface

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vii-xiii

At the beginning of Invented Lives, Mary Helen Washington questions why the traditions of black culture seem to be predominantly masculine and asks, "How does the heroic voice and heroic image of the black woman get suppressed in a culture that...

Chronology

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. xv-xvi

read more

1. Early Days in Clio and Birmingham (1909–1917)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-25

My name is Sarah Rice. I was born in Clio, Alabama, on January 4, 1909. My father, Willis James Webb, was a Methodist minister in the African Methodist Episcopal church, and my mother, Lizzie Janet Lewis Webb, was a teacher. When I was a...

read more

2. Life in the Batesville Neighborhood (1917–1920)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 26-47

We had good neighbors in Batesville, a good community life. It was a rural area eighteen miles from Eufala and five miles from the nearest store. It was beautiful farming land with rolling hills and flatlands...

read more

3. Life on the Pat Brannon Place (1921–1925)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 48-67

Finally Papa decided to move us closer to Eufala, when I was about eleven years old. He wanted us to be closer to the school. I was so glad when we moved onto Mr. Pat Brannon's place. I can see that place now, outside of Eufala...

read more

4. Teaching Career and Marriage (1925–1929)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 68-93

Before Papa died, he told Mama, "I have always wanted to have a home for you and the children." They had had the one early in their marriage that they bought and lost. And he had never been able to get another...

read more

5. Hard Times and Florida Debut (1929–1933)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 94-116

When I decided to leave Jim Hayes, I decided there would be no more husbands for me. As long as I lived, there wouldn't be another man. I felt like all men were the same. That's bad, but that's what I thought...

read more

6. Settling in Jacksonville (1937–1943)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 117-136

In Jacksonville, I moved into James Myers's room on Beaver Street in a big old two-story house. But I kept asking him to get us a house. I didn't want to stay in a room. He'd say, "Well, we're going to get one, but we're going...

read more

7. Home on Castellano (1947–1956)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 137-158

When I was living at 1453 Davis Street, I was working for Mrs. Thompson. A low-income housing project was being built close to me, and I applied for a place in it. All indications had pointed towards me getting in a nice, new, clean house where...

read more

8. Get Up and Live! (1956– )

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 159-181

Gradually I got involved with the local Baptist association and the Women's State Convention. The Emmanuel Progressive Baptist Association is our local group of about twenty-two churches in Jacksonville, banded together for missions and education...

Images

pdf iconDownload PDF