Why did Anne Moody begin her memoir "Coming of Age in Mississippi" by outlining black life on a white-owned plantation in the South?
Anne Moody was very active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. She worked not only with the NAACP but also with CORE, the Congress of Racial Equity. In 1964, she became the civil rights project coordinator for Cornell University.
When she began writing her memoirs, rather than focus on her efforts to gain equality for African Americans, she chose to show what life was like for a poor black child. Moody's parents were sharecroppers in Mississippi. Life was hard, and it was filled with injustices for African Americans. By allowing readers into her own childhood experiences, Moody made the civil rights movement more than a political cause; she made it a personal issue for anyone who read her book.
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