Why did Stack feel that it was important to develop contacts in the community on her own and not go through middlemen?
Many who viewed themselves as leaders in the black community were highly regarded by those in the white community, but looked down on in their own community. Why was this?
Swapping plays a very important role in the Flats. Describe why swapping was such a necessary part of life.
Discuss the role that the AFDC plays in keeping people from developing strong relationships between men and women.
What does Stack say is the conflict between having a black identity and trying to live the American dream?
Parental roles in the Flats can extend to many people beyond the natural mother and father. Discuss how the parental roles are determined and who can hold these roles.
Discuss what Stack says are the differences between kin and family...
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