Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody Essay

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The United States of America, the land of the free. Mostly free if the skin tone matches with the approval of society. The never ending war on racism, equality, and segregation is a huge part of American culture. Prior to the Civil Rights Movement equality was laughed at. People of color were highly discriminated and hated for existing. During the years nineteen fifty to nineteen seventy, racism began to extinguish its mighty flames. Through the lives of numerous people equality would soon be a reality. Through the Autobiography “Coming of Age in Mississippi” by Anne Moody first person accounts of all the racism, social prejudice and violence shows how different America used to be. The autobiography holds nothing back, allowing the …show more content…
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.

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