A rare first-person account of life in the twentieth-century South, He Included Me weaves together the story of a black familyeight children reared in rural Alabama, their mother a schoolteacher, their father a ministerand the emerging self-portrait of a woman determined, like her parents, to look ahead.
Sarah Rice recalls her mother's hymn of thanks"He Included Me"when God showed her a way to feed her family, and hears again her mother's quiet words, "It's no disgrace to work. It's an honor to make an honest dollar," spoken when her children were embarrassed that she took in white people's laundry. Rice speaks, finally, of the determination, faith, and pride that carried her through life.
In a document that spans more than three-quarters of the twentieth century, He Included Me presents the voice of a single woman whose life was rich in complexity, deep in suffering and joy; yet it also speaks for the many black women who have worked and struggled in the rural South and always looked ahead.
About the Author
Sarah Rice (Author)
SARAH RICE (1909–2006) lived and worked in Alabama and Florida, holding jobs as a teacher and a domestic maid and cook. She was also active throughout her life in state and local church activities. Rice told the story of her life to Louise H. Westling, the daughter of one of her former employers and now a professor emerita of English at the University of Oregon.
Louise H. Westling (Editor)
LOUISE H. WESTLING is a professor of English at the University of Oregon. She is the author or editor of several books, including Sacred Groves and Ravaged Gardens.