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Coming of Age in Mississippi
Coming of Age in Mississippi
Author: Anne Moody
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 autobi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780440314882
ISBN-10: 0440314887
Publication Date: 1/4/1992
Pages: 432
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 106 ratings
Publisher: Laurel
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
This autobiography starts in the 1940's and describes the way it was to grow up in a racist society. Anne speaks of the poverty,illegitimacy, police brutality,lynchings and the ugliness she had to face. She had the courage to participate in sit ins, demonstrations and to speak up for what she believed in. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the brutality of the south during the movement. Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King are also a part of this fine book.
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Helpful Score: 3
A thought provoking classic autobiography of growing up poor and black in the rural south during the 1940s and 50s by Anne Moody. Vividly told, this is a real page turning that shows how much things have changed in the last 50 and 60 years, and how much things (sadly) have stayed the same. I was born during the mid-60s so don't remember this era, and this book is the most thoroughly educational on the trials of civil rights movement I've read. I was truly moved.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very enlightening and distrubing account of the authors grwoing up in Missisppi.
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This is a great story of an african american girl growing up in a hostile south. She isn't a slave but sometimes it felt like it. I highly recommend this book to anyone intersted in the south's history toward african americans.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a fascinating autobiography. Anne Moody is a very strong woman and stood up against Mr. Charlie-- often when no other Negro would. I think this is a must have for anyone interested in studying the Civil Rights movement. It's a unique ground-based view of the movement that really ties events together and shows how the movement was in areas besides Birmingham.

The prose isn't that hard to read, and while it is an extremely interesting book, it isn't exactly a page turner. That being said, it's an excellent book.
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