Coming of Age - Danielle Fairbairn Professor Thompson History 271 13 April 2008 Skepticism after the Movement “I wonder I really wonder”(384 is

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Danielle Fairbairn Professor Thompson History 271 13 April 2008 Skepticism after the Movement “I wonder. I really wonder” (384) is the final line in Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody. Coming of Age in Mississippi is the autobiography of Anne Moody a southern African American who joins the Civil Rights Movement in order to create equality for all African Americans in the United States. In college Annelearns of the hard times that her people are experiencing, she decides to try and make a difference. She has many positive and negative experiences about being in the Movement. Often the negative acts of the Movement outweighed the positive experiences. Her development of character is also seen though the Movement and shows her change in ideas and feelings of the Movement. After reading her autobiography Anne is justified in feeling skeptical, in reading many of her first hand involvement in the Civil Rights Movement it is clear why it was so difficult for her to have faith that there would be a change. Anne Moodywas a student in high school when she first heard of organizations such as the NAACP. She was working for a white woman named Mrs. Burke who often had meetings with other women who discussed many inequalityorganizations. Anne who had to change her name from Essie Mae to sound “whiter”was curious of the NAACP. After asking her mother what the NAACP was “Don’t you ever mention that word around Mrs. Burke or no other person” her mother had told her (127). Anne then went to her teacher, who explained “NAACP is a Negroes organization that was established a long time ago to help Negroes gain a few basic rights” (127). This was the last that Anne was to hear about any organization to help blacks until she had reached her junior year at TougalooCollege where she joined the NAACP. Her first
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insight into the movement was a protestin Jackson. Four members of the Tougaloochapter were sent. “Dave and all other demonstrators had been arrested and were to be bailed out around eight
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course HIST 271 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '08 term at CSU Northridge.

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Coming of Age - Danielle Fairbairn Professor Thompson History 271 13 April 2008 Skepticism after the Movement “I wonder I really wonder”(384 is

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