Essay about Anne Moody 's Coming Of Age

1215 Words Apr 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Anne Moody is a vital character to discuss when talking about Citizenship and how it changed and evolved during the time of her life. Anne Moody grew up in Mississippi as the daughter of a sharecropper. She and her family lived on the Carter’s plantation, Moody was born on September 15, 1940. The autobiography, Coming of Age in Mississippi, follows Moody from age four until after college, when she has become a civil rights activist. Anne is from the town of Centreville, Mississippi, a town that was extremely poor and was marked by the racism surrounding it. Anne grew to join CORE and the NAACP. In the 1940’s through 1960’s, Anne was a part of several different demonstrations, the most famous probably being the Woolworth’s sit in. During this time in history, African Americans were fighting for their civil rights, and there were many different approaches taken in order to try to receive their full citizenship. But one thing is sure, citizenship was extremely constricted for people of color, and Anne Moody is an excellent example of not only those restrictions, but overcoming them.
This period in American history is one of racism, limitation, and anger. Separate but Equal has been in place for quite some time now, and the tensions between races are growing. The 1940’s and 1950’s were the high points of the civil rights movement. There were the Freedom Riders, of whom Anne Moody was one. Also Dr. Martin Luther King’s take, give the oppressor love where they give hate. His…

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