Addy Walker, American Girl
Get this from a library! Meet Addy: an American girl. [Connie Rose Porter; Melodye Rosales] -- In , after her father and brother are sold to another owner. The Paperback of the Meet Addy: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Addy Ship This Item — Temporarily Out of Stock Online. Addy Walker, the newest character in the American Girls Collection of dolls, accessories and books, stars in these bright historical novels. In the first, the.
Sincea Change. She is a toy steeped in tragedy, and who is offered tragedy during play? Who gets the pink stores and tea parties, and who gets the worms? When I received an Addy doll for Christmas, I was innocent enough to believe that Santa had brought it to me, but mature enough to experience the horrors of slavery.
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One year, her uncle brought back dolls from Chicago. Mass-produced black dolls were not readily available until the late s; before then, many of the black dolls in existence were ugly racist caricatures. Pickaninny dolls, racist caricatures of black children, live on in the homes of collectors and in the recesses of the Internet.
Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil RightsRobin Bernstein describes the popularity of pickaninny dolls with white children in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Passionate love for a black doll was often couched in violence.
White children mutilated their black dolls, gashing their throats, cutting between their legs, even hanging or burning them. Maybe it means nothing. But neither, apparently, can pickaninnies: Addy is not a pickaninny doll. She is beautifully crafted, and her story portrays her as a girl who is smart and courageous.
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But she is still complicated, fraught with painful history. If a doll exists on the border between person and thing, what does it mean to own a doll that represents an enslaved child who once existed on that same border? African Americans and the Politics of Racial DestinyMichele Mitchell writes about black reformers in the early twentieth century who argued that if beautiful white dolls reinforced white superiority and minstrel dolls reinforced black inferiority, then perhaps owning beautiful black dolls could teach children racial pride.
Kenneth Clark conducting the Doll Test with a young male child, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress A few decades later, dolls played a crucial role in toppling segregation.
Mamie Clark and Dr. The Clarks asked their subjects a series of questions: Which doll do you like to play with?
Which doll is a nice color? When they asked the final question—Which doll looks like you?
The Clarks testified as expert witnesses during Brown v. Board of Education, presenting their results as proof that segregation damages the self-esteem of black children.
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The doll test has been replicated as recently asfifty years after desegregation, and the results remain the same. In one video, a black girl, asked which doll is prettier and smarter, points quickly to the white doll.
She hesitates when asked which doll looks like her; her reluctance to touch the black doll breaks my heart.
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She dreams of pretty dresses. As adults, we are easily fooled because we are so anxious to be fooled. But children are very different.
Children, not yet aware that it is dangerous to look too deeply at anything, look at everything, look at each other, and draw their own conclusions. Perhaps playing with dolls like Addy and reading books about her life provides children with the language to confront that terrible, menacing weight of racism. Perhaps it is better to have language, even when language hurts. Still, I envy the privilege of not knowing. Addy and her mother make a terrifying journey north, holding fast to their dream that the war will end and their family will one day be together again in freedom.
Porter began her career by writing articles for magazines and book reviews in newspapers. The first American Girls books with a heroine from a minority group, these feature Addy, a nine-year-old slave on a tobacco plantation in The plot of Meet Addy moves quickly.
In the first chapter, readers are introduced to the plucky girl and her family and learn that her father is secretly planning to lead them north. By the next chapter, her brother and father have been sold and taken away. Soon Addy learns that her mother has planned their flight to freedom. They escape one night, outwit some soldiers, and make their way to a nearby station of the Underground Railroad. There Miss Caroline outfits Addy in a pretty pink dress and a straw bonnet surely a relief to the costume designer for the upscale American Girls dollshides the runaways under some sacks in the back of her wagon, and starts driving them to the coast, where, she promises, a boat will take them to Philadelphia and freedom.
Addy's trip on the Underground Railroad seems awfully short and sweet; but life in Philadelphia, described in Lesson, has a greater sense of everyday reality. In this volume, Addy starts school and finds that some of her classmates look down on her.
Meanwhile, she helps her hardworking mother learn to read and makes one good friend. As American Girls readers will expect, the last few pages in each book provide background information about American history and social conditions at the time of the stories and are illustrated with photographs and engravings.
Distilling the history of slavery and the Civil War into a few easily digested paragraphs is no mean feat. Though the occasional broad generalization seems simplistic or misleading, the overall picture rings true. Illustrated with appealing color paintings ranging from dramatic full-page pictures to small vignettes, these books promise to be popular with the series' many fans. In the first, the nine-year-old girl, a slave on a North Carolina plantation during the Civil War, overhears her parents whispering about the possibility of running away.
But after Addy's father and older brother are sold to another master, mother and daughter make the break alone.