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What is the major message of the book Coming of Age in Mississippi?

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Posted October 23, 2007 at 5:20 AM via web

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What is the major message of the book Coming of Age in Mississippi?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 23, 2007 at 5:44 AM (Answer #1)

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The main theme is about racism. Growing up in Mississippi in the 1940s and 1950s was a difficult task for anyone who wasn't white. Not only did blacks face discrimination in their work and school, violence was thrust upon them in the form of beatings and murders. African-Americans were seen as inferior to whites, and they were the victims of the worst kinds of prejudice.

Another theme is the poverty that many African-Americans had to deal with during this time. Trying to improve their circumstances was almost impossible since white America thought African-Americans were fit for only menial jobs.

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