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Coming of Age in Mississippi | Study Guide

Anne Moody

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Anne Moody, Part 2, Chapter 13 ittle by little it was getting harder and harder for me not to speak out. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, PBS, New York Times Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Reliance on white employers keeps blacks compliant and underpaid. Poverty’s Oppression Trapped in old ways, white and black southerners resist change. Struggle of Social Change Themes Physical and psychological aggression reinforce segregation. Racism as Violence CORE Congress of Racial Equality; organized efforts to register black voters and integrate services like buses in the South NAACP National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; focused on legal challenges to segregation and voting rights restrictions SNCC Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; mobilized black youth to participate in civil rights demonstrations like sit-ins Key Organizations The daughter of Mississippi sharecroppers, Moody was barred from her hometown when she became a civil rights activist. Coming of Age in Mississippi is her honest, critical account of southern society and the civil rights movement. She later moved to New York and worked in campus activism and community counseling. ANNE MOODY1940–2015 Author Violent opposition makes Moody wonder if the civil rights movement will succeed. We Shall Overcome? Moody becomes an activist after the lynching of Emmett Till, a black teen. White Violence & Emmett Till Moody works hard to transcend poverty, racism, and sexism while growing up. Personal Transformation Unable to live with the violence and poverty that is part of black life in the early 20th-century South, Anne Moody becomes a civil rights activist. Her autobiography captures her personal struggles with racism and recalls the triumphs and setbacks of the civil rights movement. One Woman’s Struggle Against Injustice OVERVIEW English Original Language 1968 Year Published Anne Moody Author Coming of Age in Mississippi Autobiography Nonfiction

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