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Eugenia Skeeter Phelan, the daughter of a relatively well off white farmer in Jackson, Mississippi has come home from school and is basically looking for work of some kind and when she gets the job of providing a column in the paper about housework and other related things, she turns to "the help," all the black housemaids in the area for help.
She begins to chronicle their stories and decides to start compiling it into something that she will try to sell to a publisher. Along the way she helps to give these African American women a voice and an opportunity to talk about their trials and their joys as well. It is a heartwarming story, not without its share of heartbreaking tales as well.
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