The Lack Of Life In Anne Moody's Life

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Register to read the introduction… The living conditions for colored people meant, live in poverty or die because of starvation. In the beginning of the novel Anne Moody’s life is made real by showing, how African American’s lived in the south. Most African Americans were left jobless after world war two demoted from their middle class positions to janitorial staff or less. Anne Moody made it apparent, “White businesses in town employed Negroes as janitors only, and there was never more than one janitor in any single business” (Moody 117). Anne’s stepfather Raymond is unable to find a job because of his color, similar to other African Americans at the time. Clearly the business would need more than one janitor; but why hire more than one, when the colored janitor could be overworked and under paid. This was the reality most African Americans faced. Lack of food was also a reality for several African Americans. Anne Moody as a young child questioned why, “That is when I discovered all white folk ate different from us. They had all kinds of different food with meat and all. We always had just beans and bread” (Moody 29). At a young age Moody notices a difference between her food and the food of white’s. Through a child’s eyes she notices the food difference but does not understand why? Their food shortage is similar to that of African Americans living in the south, were mostly poor and bought food that was economical for their survival. Beans were the cheapest solution if not there would be no food for the …show more content…
Growing up colored in this time was a free-for-all battle. Hunted, discriminated, or left for dead Anne Moody gives record of how the average lower class African American lived in the south. Through her accounts; of social prejudice, segregation and racism, reading the autobiography allows understanding of how African Americans actually felt to grow up in the south. Although Anne Moody’s experience might be slightly different, it is still accurate to how different the past was in comparison to today. The only issue with the autobiography would be it is only one account of all these events. Only one point of view, if conducting a mass research to understand this era, historians would need to gather more than one account of the situation. To the average reader the story gives a general idea to understand the historical ambiance. Although it lacks other perspectives the autobiography greatly shows how just one perspective is enough to understand the judgment Moody felt. The “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” is a great novel showing the transitions of Anne Moody’s life. The novel’s greatest strength is the genuine opinion’s Moody has. Varying on how racism works, to her thoughts of the events around her. The story is never boring, always keeping the reader intrigued by the people around her. The relationship Anne moody has with her mother is remarkable, considering all the mother’s attempts to keep racism a secret. Unaffected by this Anne creates new thoughts that transcended her time period, equality between the different ethnic

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