When does Brown Girl Dreaming take place?

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Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical account of Jacqueline Woodson 's childhood in the 1960s. It is written as a series of poems and is divided into five different sections, arranged in chronological order. The first section is entitled "i am born," and the first poem in this section is...

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Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical account of Jacqueline Woodson's childhood in the 1960s. It is written as a series of poems and is divided into five different sections, arranged in chronological order. The first section is entitled "i am born," and the first poem in this section is entitled "february 12, 1963." This is the date of Woodson's birth, in Columbus, Ohio.

During the 1960s, the civil rights movement in America was campaigning for equal rights for black Americans. The key events of this movement are described or referenced during the poems. Martin Luther King Jr.'s march on Washington and Malcolm X's speeches in Harlem, for example, are referenced in the poem entitled "second daughter's second day on earth."

In the final section of the book, entitled "ready to change the world," Woodson describes herself as a student in the fifth grade, which would make her about ten years old. In the poem entitled "a writer," she describes her fifth grade teacher, Ms. Vivo, who has a "smile bigger than anything" and tells Woodson, "You're a writer." The whole book, therefore, takes place in the ten years following the author's birth in 1963.

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