Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

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Through her work, assess how Anne Moody shows how African- Americans had to "overcome racism."

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I think that Moody's work speaks to the idea of African- Americans needing to "overcome" racism on a couple of levels.  The first is that Moody speaks to the idea that the brazen and demonstrative manner of racism in the South is something that has to be confronted.  Her writings make it abundantly clear that she does not expect White America to change as much as she expects African- Americans to marshal the courage and summon the intestinal fortitude to beat back racism.  This includes African- Americans refraining from discriminatory practices to one another.  Moody speaks to the idea of African- Americans overcoming racism in a way that demands change only arising from people of color being able to demonstrate that they will not acquiesce to racist or discriminatory practices.  For Moody, the ability to speak out against racism rests with people of color, specifically African- Americans.  Racism is a problem that can only be effectively resolved with African- Americans confront it.  This becomes one of Moody's most dominant messages out of the work and something that drives its thematic effectiveness.

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