The Help: Bathroom Segregation
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Minnie Jackson, an African-American maid, is the brunt of a dehumanizing conversation by the white families that employ her and her peers. One of the women, Hilly, refuses to use the bathroom because it has been used by a black maid. She suggests that the maid use an outhouse because "they carry different diseases." Hilly exacerbates the situation by telling her friends that she is pushing for an initiative to mandate that every white home has a separate bathroom for the colored folk.

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  1. Why doesn't Hilly use the guest bathroom?
  2. Why does Skeeter try to change the subject?
  3. What is the "Home Help Sanitation Initiative"?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze various issues and events of the 20th century such as industrialization, urbanization, incre...
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    analyze the effects of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education,...
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    The student understands the impact of the American civil rights movement. The student is expected to:
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    trace the historical development of the civil rights movement in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries,...
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    describe the roles of political organizations that promoted civil rights, including ones from Africa...
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