"Coming of Age in Mississippi" Essay by Peter Pen

"Coming of Age in Mississippi"
A paper on the life of Anne Moody and how, even as a child, she knew that she did not want to follow in her parents' footsteps as sharecroppers.
# 62524 | 1,171 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005

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This paper, through a review of Anne Moody's book "Coming of Age in Mississippi" gives an account of Moody's life as the daughter of sharecroppers and describes how, at a very early age, Moody was determined to escape the life of poverty and hopelessness that her parents suffered as sharecroppers.

From the Paper:

"The Jim Crow South followed a time when an immense amount of change was supposed to be occurring. Unfortunately for many, it wasn't. Between the times of pre-Civil War slavery and the Jim Crow South, there was little change in the treatment of blacks. The Civil War and amendments such as the Thirteenth Amendment attempted to emancipate blacks from slavery, but in the times of the Jim Crow South, the sharecropping ties between "free" blacks and their white bosses were too strong to break and blacks could not actually become free to thrive as equal citizens. Everything about Jim Crow laws pointed toward segregation and nothing towards freedom at all. It took many decades of sit-ins, rallies, and demonstrations for blacks to finally make ground in the fight for racial equality. Anne Moody's life and her autobiography "Coming of Age in Mississippi" coincided with most of the important events in the progression of black equality."

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