What can a single parent do?

Elsie was only thirteen when she met and married Henry who was nearly thirty. They migrated from Tennessee to Detroit and lived in one of its roughest and toughest neighborhoods. She soon bore two sons, Jim and John, from this relationship and then made a startling discovery; Henry had another family in another section of Detroit! To her credit, she set his clothes on the porch and locked the door!

Elsie was faced with the necessity of making a living, for in her day, alimony was seldom enforced, and besides, Henry was shiftless and seldom was consistently employed. Compounding her problem, she was illiterate, and being a woman of faith she would not sell her body as many in her environment practiced. The only employment open to her was housecleaning and she worked three jobs to keep body and soul together for her and her two sons.

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