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Why does Dee think Mama and Maggie don't understand their heritage?

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In "Everyday Use ," Dee asks to have two quilts that were made by relatives. However, Mama explains that she plans to give the quilts to Maggie. Dee becomes upset and claims that Maggie will not "appreciate" the quilts and that Maggie will put them to "everyday use" while she plans to display them. Dee places value in the idea of things while Mama places value in the usefulness of...

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