Anne Moody's "Coming of Age in Mississippi" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Anne Moody's "Coming of Age in Mississippi"
A persuasive speech based on Anne Moody's speech "Coming of Age in Mississippi".
# 35871 | 650 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper is in the form of a speech written on the basis of Anne Moody's "Coming of Age in Mississippi". The speech discusses her realization that there are many to whom the darkness of blacks' skin makes them less than human. The speech contains examples that demonstrate how in this land of freedom and democracy that the Negro has helped build and preserve with blood and sweat, they are still considered expendable.

From the Paper:

"I have the opportunity today to speak before a forum that will assess my story and those of thousands others like me who live in silence in this land of free speech and thought segregated and oppressed based on the pigmentation of their skin. My name is Anne Moody and I am a Negro woman who lived in Centrevifle, Mississippi until I could not bear it any more. My state is one of the most rigid closed societies today where the traditions of white supremacy are celebrated unabashedly and violently. We are denied the most basic of rights and voting is just one of many, and to some not even a priority, considering the misery they face every day of their lives at home and in the streets.
"I remember growing up with stories about death. About Negroes found floating in a river or shot to death but the stories were never real to me as they had been explained away by my fearful mother as the punishment of an Evil Spirit [1] on those who had been bad. I attributed every episode of a whipping, beating, and murder to this phantom until I woke up to reality when I was about 15 years old."

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