The struggles of African Americans to establish their freedom is a big part of American history. From the time of slavery until recent days, changes have taken place to better the lives of many. Names such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Jackie Robinson are names forever recognized and remembered by every American black or white. Many of those people led the way and instituted themselves leaders in the movement which directed everything that is connected to the life of African Americans. The biography of Anne Moody Coming of Age in Mississippi chronicles the many events she lives while enduring the harshness of discrimination. Moody’s traces her life from the age of four to twenty three divided into four different parts which reflect her inner growth and maturity. While many people in the South during the time become activists, many are stricken with difficulties of poverty, lack of understanding and lack of motivation towards the movement. This autobiography represents the forsaken and underprivileged majority in the South at the time and explains the many concerns, fears and doubts they had and the reasoning behind having them.
Moody’s early exposure does not contain many positive authority figures. She is born in poverty to Diddy and Toosweet. They live on a little shack on a plantation and have no power and no plumbing. Moody has a little sister, Adline and later a brother, Junior. Diddy becomes very frustrated and helpless with his family’s conditions and he leaves after an affair with Florence, lighter skin black woman. Finding herself alone after the birth of the third child, Toosweet also gets married to Raymond Davis. The adult figures in Moody’s life are resentful and do not have affection or appreciation for each other or their race. Moody from a very early age is introduced to infidelity, violence and hatred. Due to the many afflictions hitting her family, she does not connect the harsh events with...
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