Amazing glimpse of African-American life during the Great Depression.
This film acknowledges the fact that African-Americans were
disproportionately unemployed. There are scenes of forward-looking programs
of housing renovation and public works in Harlem, as well as pre-school and
adult education. However, there are also some painful scenes in which
African-American women – “girls” – are being trained as cooks and maids, or
being taught child care with white dolls.
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