Analysis Of The Book ' Coming From Age On Mississippi ' By Anne Moody

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Anne Moody’s “Coming to age in Mississippi” illustrates how the economic, and social injustices and fears that plagued her childhood in the rural south shaped her future as a leading advocate during the Civil Rights Movement.
From her earliest memories Moody recognized the color of skin would dictate her finances. In the first chapter of her autobiography, moody describes the rickety shack her sharecropping family lived in when she was four, and how it “was up on the hill with Mr. Carters big white house”.” She also noted that she rarely spent time with her parents when she was a toddler because they labored all day. Throughout her adolescence Moody’s incite of the economical contrast between the whites and blacks of her town increases when she works white homes and observes the contrast. Ms. Ola’s white bathtub was a subject of awe for moody as aa young girl.
Moody and her family suffered from hunger often, sometimes only having beans for dinner. She recalled that “Sometimes Mama would bring us the white family’s leftovers. It was the best food I had ever eaten”. The contrast between her typical modest meals and the white’s table scraps furthered her awareness of how her skin color impacted her monetary status. As soon as Moody was old enough to work she began to contribute to the family’s income. At nine years old she began to sweep a woman’s porch in exchange for a few quarters and milk (that moody later discovered to be the same milk the cats drank from) Her income…

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