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Coming of Age in Mississippi

How does Anne Moody diverge from Martin Luther King’s prescribed path to activism in the book Coming of Age in...

Anne Moody is critical of Dr. King and the civil rights movement leadership for failing to engage with wider socioeconomic issues that affect the African American community. She thinks that they're...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 7:29 am UTC

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Why did Anne Moody begin her memoir "Coming of Age in Mississippi" by outlining black life on a white-owned...

What she's doing here is setting the scene for what's about to follow. By giving us an immediate insight into her background, Anne Moody's giving us a much better idea of what motivated her to get...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018 8:17 am UTC

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What are the most important events in the book Coming of Age in Mississippi?

Important events in Coming of Age in Mississippi chart Anne Moody's young years and the progress of her life as she grew up. Anne's father leaves their family. This makes her home life less stable...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 4:27 am UTC

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In "Coming of Age in Mississippi," how does Anne Moody become disillusioned with the civil rights leaders...

Anne Moody comes to think of the civil rights movement's leadership as being out of touch with African Americans. She thinks they're dreamers, great at making inspiring speeches, but not so good at...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2018 7:48 am UTC

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What are the similarities and differences between Anne Moody and her mother in the autobiography Coming of Age in...

Coming of Age in Mississippi was written in 1968 and is civil rights activist Anne Moody’s memoir about life as an African American child and then a young woman growing up in poverty in the rural...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 2:44 pm UTC

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Examine the role of the the Guild in Anne Moody's life.

The original question had to be edited. The Guild is a group of White people in Centreville that is trying to mobilize the community against the fledgling organization of people of color. The...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2013 11:55 am UTC

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In Coming of Age in Mississippi, what difficulties or obstacles did Anne's family face in trying to make a living and...

The elements of challenge are quite present in Moody's work. One undeniable element is the presence of racial discrimination. The denial of opportunity in a setting where integration was far from...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2009 8:25 am UTC

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In Coming of Age in Mississippi, where does the NAACP demonstration take place?

In chapter 21, Anne Moody states that the Tougaloo chapter of the NAACP organized a demonstration at the state fair in Jackson. Anne didn't go but watched the demonstration take place on TV at her...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 11:58 am UTC

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Why had Anne Moody become disillusioned with the Civil Rights Movement by 1963?

Anne has been working as a CORE volunteer registering people to vote in Madison County in rural Mississippi. In her work, she sees firsthand the fear that prevents some African Americans from...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019 3:39 pm UTC

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In "Coming of Age in Mississippi", how did Anne Moody view the blacks in Canton that refuse to register to vote? Was...

Moody is disenchanted, disheartened, and just plain angry. She has worked to fight against the intimidation of the voters, she has marched to Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. King, she has worked for...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2008 8:22 am UTC

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

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,...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2007 5:44 am UTC

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What are the summaries to chapter 3-5 in the book Coming of Age In Mississippi by Anne Moody?

At the Johnson house where her mother works as a domestic, Essie Mae and her siblings befriend the neighborhood children, who are white.  Essie becomes aware of the discrepancies between what...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2007 7:16 am UTC

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How does crowd react when the demonstrators bow their heads in prayer?  

Anne Moody's become deeply involved in a campaign by the NAACP to stage sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in Jackson. One of the sit-ins turns particularly violent, as Anne and a number of other...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2018 9:53 am UTC

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In Coming of Age in Mississippi, how might Essie Mae's dream be interpreted as an observation about farm labor and...

In part one of Coming of Age in Mississippi, Essie Mae has a vivid nightmare about dying of heatstroke under the summer sun while out picking cotton. Her dream comes to fruition when she ends up...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2008 5:19 am UTC

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How does seeing C.O. Chinn on a chain gang impact Ann? What events led to his downfall?

Anne's reaction to seeing C.O. Chinn working on a chain gang is, understandably, one of great sadness. She's also incredibly disheartened to see such a widely respected man brought low by racial...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017 2:30 pm UTC

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What are the early indications of the civil rights activist Moody will become in "Coming of Age in...

In her early life, Essie Mae - to become known as Anne - Moody certainly encountered enough discrimination to be outraged by it. However, we see so many of her family members and peers accepting...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2008 3:18 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2012 2:25 pm UTC

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In the book Coming of Age in Mississippi, why didn't more southern blacks join the movement?

There were many reasons why more Southern blacks didn't join the civil rights movement. For many, fear was the overriding motive. Violence, arson, and terror were all commonly used against those...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019 6:45 am UTC

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In "Coming of Age in Mississippi", how does Anne respond to her family's discouragement of her activism? Why?

Anne receives a letter from her mother telling her that she needs to stop the activism. Mama tells her how the police have been asking questions about her, and insists that if Anne continues,...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2008 10:09 am UTC

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Anne Moody is an active player in the civil rights movement.  What are examples of why she looks down on authority...

For Anne, her characterization is one who detests the silencing of voices. Anne feels that when authority silences voices or does not acknowledge them, a level of injustice is evident. This is...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011 6:45 pm UTC

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In A Coming Age of Mississippi what is Anne Moody's experience in terms of different valences such as race or class?

I think that one of the most compelling elements out of Moody's narrative is that it shows how modern America is a collection of differing and converging points of perception for the individual....

Latest answer posted October 8, 2011 10:13 am UTC

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In what chapter does Anne begin to boycott her college cafeteria?

The boycott happens in Chapter 19. The students discover a maggot in the grits. Anne visits the kitchen to investigate and discovers that there is water leaking into the supplies in the pantry,...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010 3:45 am UTC

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In "Coming of Age in Mississippi," why does Mama Cry Whenever she is expecting a baby?

The family is very poor, so when Mama begins to have children with Raymond, adding to her already existing family, and he is unable to provide for the family, she is increasingly burdened with...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2008 10:20 am UTC

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What experiences in Anne Moody's life made her skeptical about change in the fight against racism?

Essentially, Anne recognizes that there is a resistance to change in Southern society, and perhaps, all over America that makes her wonder if racism is not embedded that it cannot be removed. Some...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011 7:48 pm UTC

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In what ways are Miss Harris and Mrs. Admas like Mrs. Burke?

Anne (Essie Mae) works for Mrs. Burke who is a well-known racist. Mrs. Burke tries to teach Anne to “know her place” in both subtle and deliberate ways. Rather than fully submit to the rude...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2008 4:41 am UTC

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How did Essie Mae grow morally psychologically and intellectually?

Essie Mae grows morally when she recognizes the injustice of racial discrimination and decides she must help to do something about it. Up until she goes to college, Essie Mae hears of the horrible...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2007 3:09 am UTC

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I understand the historical context of the memoir.  I'm just not sure sure what sparked an enormous revolt in the...

Interestingly enough, I think that Moody would suggest that it was the very idea of "coming of age" idea that helped to spark the Civil Rights Movement. Certainly, the same institutional barriers...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2013 3:07 pm UTC

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What divisions did Anne describe among blacks in Mississippi over race?

One of the most compelling aspects of Moody's work lies in illuminating the endemic condition of racism. It is not merely a condition that plagues Whites in their interactions with people of...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2015 11:54 am UTC

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What were the most important factors behind Moody's emergence as a civil rights activist?  

Moody's choice to take an active role in civil rights activism was influenced by three factors: racial discrimination, her childhood, and her character. Growing up, Moody was a victim of racial...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019 11:06 am UTC

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What has the author accomplished?

Moody was active in civil rights as an adult. What really makes an impact on the reader is that instead of writing about her time fighting for the civil rights movement, she told her story from the...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2007 10:00 am UTC

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Are archival resources used in Coming of Age in Mississippi?

There is no explicit mention of archival resources—or any sources—in Anne Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi. There’s no footnotes, end notes, or works cited page. At first, this might seem odd....

Latest answer posted December 19, 2020 3:51 pm UTC

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I am trying to do a work cited for "Coming of Age in Mississippi" and I need to know: how do I know if its a source?

I assume you are doing a paper on this book and need research to back up your assertions. You are looking to make sure that your sources are valid and authentic.When looking to find sources to...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2008 9:11 am UTC

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How does the young Moody understand the concepts of "blackness" and "whiteness?"

I think that it is as a young adolescent where Moody makes her strongest associations about "blackness" and "whiteness." As an adolescent, she is able to see "whiteness" as a social construction...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2013 11:12 am UTC

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How did discrimination affect Southern Blacks in the 1950s -- characterize the lives of Moody's family and...

As an adolescent, Anne becomes deeply aware of the hypocrisies and racism in which she has been living and awakens with horror to discover the ways in which these phenomena have been disguised or...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2008 5:28 am UTC

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What was it like to be a civil rights worker in Mississippi during the 1960s?

I think that Moody's work brings out how difficult it is to actually be a Civil Rights Movement worker during the 1960s. Part of her ending of "wonder" lies in the fact that there are so many...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2011 6:25 am UTC

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Discuss Anne's concluding thoughts about Civil Rights in America based on the ending of her work.

I think that the ending of the work is profound in not only its implications on Moody's own experience, but the work of the Civil Rights Movement, in general. The idea of "wonder" that closes the...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2011 11:34 pm UTC

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In "Coming of Age in Misssippi," how does Moody express doubt that things things may not pave towards true...

As an autobiographer, Moody makes specific choices about where to begin and end her tale. Instead of focusing only on her work during the Civil Rights movement, she takes the story back to her...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2008 4:10 am UTC

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Why is Anne unable to join the other activists who are singing "We Shall Overcome" at the end of Coming of Age in...

I had to pare the original question down a bit. Anne's characterization is fundamentally different than other Civil Rights Activists because of a richness that allows a spirit of questioning to...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2011 6:36 pm UTC

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Why does Anne feel "old" at the end of her memoir?  

While Anne might be young from a chronological point of view, Anne's experiences have made her feel "old." The physical and mental strain experienced from fighting racism on such an embedded level...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011 7:41 pm UTC

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Discuss what issues Anne witnessed in her life in Louisiana.

I think that Anne witnessed some examples of the reality that will govern her being throughout her narrative in Louisiana. One such challenge is her being undermined by a jealous coworker at her...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2012 2:08 pm UTC

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How does Anne express herself after being disillusioned with MLK?

Anne Moody writes about attending the March on Washington in 1963. She says that she discovers that there are "dreamers" leading the Civil Rights movement instead of real leaders, and she feels...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019 4:01 pm UTC

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Why did Anne and others become activists when other southerners, such as oppressed blacks, did not?

I think that one of the most fundamental lessons that comes out of Moody's biography is the idea that the more education that one is exposed to, the greater the chance they will recognizes...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012 10:36 am UTC

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I would like to know where is Anne today and what is she doing?

Moody has seemed to embrace a life away from the prying eyes of others as a result of her activism and her experiences in the Civil Rights Era. Certainly, one can sense the level of raw emotion...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2009 8:58 pm UTC

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What is the role of violence in preserving the Status Quo in racial relations in the book?

As a high school student, Anne understands the use of violence in preserving the Status Quo with regards to race relations. Violence is used as a means to prevent African- Americans in Mississippi...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2013 10:48 am UTC

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 What roles does violence play in Moody's life and in the lives of African Americans in Mississippi? What are some...

Violence and the threat of violence plays a pivotal role in Moody's life. Even before she experienced violence first-hand, she understood the possible threat of danger from being too bold or...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 5:31 am UTC

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How should I start a thesis statement for my history course that's studying Coming of Age in Mississippi?  

In part, this question would have a lot to do with what the prompt is for the assignment. Typically, a thesis statement for school would be an argument that attempts to respond to a question asked...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2015 8:52 pm UTC

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Relate this book to the five themes of geography, excluding perceptual region and absolute location?

Your questions seems very specific to the lessons that your teacher is covering with this novel. I'm not sure what the "five themes" of geography are that you refer to. However, let me...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2007 9:39 pm UTC

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