Study Guide

Having Our Say What's Up With the Title?

By Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

What's Up With the Title?

Can you think of a more straightforward title for a book than Having Our Say?

Bessie expresses surprise that anyone "would be interested in hearing what two old N**** women have to say" (7.32.19). Of course, that's crazy—their family's unique experience makes them witness to some of the most important events in American history. Regardless, Sadie and Bessie seem more than happy to relive their glory days, hard times, and greatest triumphs for our reading pleasure.