The new movie The Help is based on a popular novel highlighting relationships between African-American domestics, their families, and their employers in the Jim Crow south. It’s a great topic for dramatic treatment, but also a nice prompter for people to share their own childhood stories about both sides of the household employee/employer relationship.
Friday morning on AirTalk, we’ll open the phones to talk about those memories, as well as current household employee experiences. I’m looking forward to hearing listeners talk about both positive and negative aspects to these working and, often, personal relationships. Though a tiny percentage of Americans have live-in housekeepers and cooks these days, there are many more live-in nannies who are invaluable parts of the families they serve.