Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Short Essay - Answer Key

Sarah Louise Delany
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1. What does the author say about Sadie and Bessie in regards to their age and view of history?

The author says, "Both more than one hundred years old, Sarah ("Sadie") Delany and her sister, Annie Elizabeth ("Bessie") Delany are among the oldest living witnesses to American history."

2. Discuss the age and relationship between the two sisters.

At the time the book was written in 1991, Sadie was 103 years old, Bessie was 101 years old. Regardless of their advanced age, Sadie still took on the role of big sister, protecting Bessie from a world she had conquered long ago.

3. What was different about the Delany family compared to other black families in the South?

The Delanys refused to settle for less because of their skin color. In a time when many black families were relegated to less than acceptable employment and living conditions, the Delany family rose above, eventually becoming one of the most prominent families in black America and the country as a whole.

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