What year does the story "Everyday Use" take place?"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker

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Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" first appeared in a collection of stories entitled, In Love and TroubleStories of Black Women in 1973.  Because of the attire of Dee, the reader can fairly safely assume that the story takes place in the late 60s or early 70s, for she is dressed in bright clothing and lots of gold jewelry; her boyfriend has an afro hair-do.  Dee has changed her named to an African one following a trend of the 1960s fostered by such men as Stokely Carmichael and the Black Nationalists in which African-Americans began to show a pride in their heritage as a way of bolstering their esteem or forming an identity. They rejected "slave names" and ignited interest in their own culture.  It is this interest in the African-American culture that brings Dee home to claim the quaint butter-churn and other items which her father has built.  Likewise, because the quilt has been sewn by hand, Dee wishes to put it on display, rather than appreciating the love and history that has gone into the fashioning of this quilt.