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Andrews, William L. “In Search of a Common Identity: The Self and the South in Four Mississippi Autobiographies.” The Southern Review 24, no. 1 (Winter, 1988): 47-64. Presents an excellent overview of Mississippi life as detailed in works by two White and two African American autobiographers: William Percy (1941) and Willie Morris (1967), and Richard Wright (1945) and Anne Moody (1968).
Bloom, Lynn Z. “Coming of Age in the Segregated South: Autobiographies of Twentieth-Century Childhoods, Black and White.” In Home Ground: Southern Autobiography, edited by J. Bill Berry. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1991. Good at putting Moody’s work into the context of autobiographical literature of African Americans, both male and female. Equates Moody’s work with that of Richard Wright, Harriet Jacobs, and Willie Morris.
Hart, Joyce. “Coming of Age in Mississippi.” In Nonfiction Classics for Students. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Draws parallels between Moody’s and Richard Wright’s lives and shows how the tenors of their differing times, the 1950’s and the 1960’s, led Wright to communism and to political self-exile and Moody to activism followed by self-imposed social exile.
Korb, Rena. “Coming of Age in Mississippi.” In Nonfiction Classics for Students. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Provides a backdrop to Moody’s autobiography and an in-depth analysis of the author’s motivations for joining the Civil Rights movement as well as her possible reasons for leaving it.
Nelson, Emmanuel S. “Anne Moody.” In African American Autobiographers: A Sourcebook, edited by Emmanuel S. Nelson. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. Compares Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi to the autobiographical writings of many other prominent African Americans.
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Degler, C. N. Review of Coming of Age in Mississippi. In Nation, January 11, 1969, p. 83.
Ellmann, Mary. Review of Coming of Age in Mississippi. In Nation, January 6, 1969, p. 26.
Kennedy, Edward M. Review of Coming of Age in Mississippi. In New York Times Book Review, January 6, 1969, p. 5.
King Martin Luther Jr. Why We Can't Wait. Penguin, 1964, pp. 79-82.
Stevens, Shane. Review of Coming of Age in Mississippi. In Book World, December 1, 1968, p. 28.
Wright, Richard. Black Boy. HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.
Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63. Touchstone Books, 1989. The first book of a two-volume series, this formidable social history profiles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the other key players and events that helped shape the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Dittmer, John. Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. University of Illinois Press, 1995. This history covers the fight for racial equality in Mississippi from the post-World War II years through 1968.
Hampton, Henry, ed. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s. Bantam Books, 1991. Creating a fascinating narrative, the creator and executive producer of the PBS series The Eyes on the Prize draws on nearly one thousand interviews with activists, politicians, officials, and ordinary people who took part in the civil rights movement.
Hine, Darlene Clark, ed. The Eyes on the Prize: Civil Rights Reader. Penguin, 1991. One of several companion pieces to the PBS Eyes on the Prize television series, this book collects over 100 court decisions, speeches, interviews, and other documents on the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1990.
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