Anne Moody’s Perseverance in “Coming of Age in Mississippi”


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Essay #: 062441
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Anne Moody’s Perseverance in "Coming of Age in Mississippi"
Anne Moody’s autobiography of her childhood through young adulthood, Coming of Age in Mississippi, describes the ways in which she came into a racialized and gendered consciousness as she grew up in the South in the United States in the middle of the twentieth century. Moody’s story about her life does not simply coincide with or reflect the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. in the 1950s And 60s. Rather, Moody becomes an integral member of the Movement as she grows into adulthood, watching the racial inequities play out around her in her everyday life as an African American girl and young woman. Coming of Age in Mississippi traces the life of a Civil Rights activist from her...
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..... little to eat, to an innovative, smart, and energetic young woman over the course of just twenty years shows the core of inner strength that Moody possessed. At the same time, Moody never took any achievements she earned for granted; she knew that she and others – African Americans and whites alike – had to keep fighting for equality were it ever to truly happen. It is with this way of thinking and living that Anne Moody can be seen as a pioneer of Civil Rights activism of the 1950s and 60s. Her life’s direction, and her will to move forward in the face of difficulties, expresses the shift that took place in the South during these decades in U.S. history.
Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi. New York: Laurel Books, 1968.