Coming of Age in Mississippi

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Dell, 1968 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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Written without a trace of sentimentality or apology, this is an unforgettable personal story—the truth as a remarkable young woman named Anne Moody lived it. To read her book is to know what it is to have grown up black in Mississippi in the forties an fifties—and to have survived with pride and courage intact.

In this now classic autobiography, she details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidily reveals the soul of a black girl who had the courage to challenge it. The result is a touchstone work: an accurate, authoritative portrait of black family life in the rural South and a moving account of a woman's indomitable heart.

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This book was very well done, and you can see progression in her throughout the book. Her grammar starts off with a lot of strange spellings of words, spelled the way she would say them. The older she becomes, the more proper her language is. I really enjoyed this book, although the talk about all the protesting was a bit confusing because of her use of abbreviations for organizations. Over all, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the black and white tension from the 1940's-1960's coming from a black person's view. 

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Had to read this for a lit class in college... one of the best books I have ever read! Read full review



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