At the end of Anne Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne and a bunch of Negroes, and some Whites, all pile into a bus on its way to Washington because the Negroes believe that this is the moment that things are finally going to change by showing and telling Washington what is really happening in Mississippi. As the bus is on its way, the people inside began to sing “We Shall Overcome” for probably the whole duration of the trip. All of them are singing, except for Anne. Although everyone else is excited and hopeful, she is the only person who is melancholic due to her developed doubts about the future ever changing because of her past, her failures, and her reflections of others she has come to witness and know. Her doubts are revealed in her final words in her book, “I WONDER. I really WONDER.”
The formation of Anne’s doubts all came from within the past years of her life up until she got on the bus. From the moment she could understand the world around her, it was the starting point of an unconscious buildup of frustration and entrapment that began to form due to her being denied many things in life as well as a lack of a supporting role model. As she grows older, Anne would continue to expand this unknown bubble within her as she continues to be denied by world she lives in, as she begins to question everything that has caught her interest, and her accumulation of “failures”, as in either “Accomplishment of No Acknowledgement” or “Actual” failures. All of the examples listed are the more general influences of Anne’s doubt development.
As a child of a Negro family, Anne, or Essie as she named then, and her family were already in poverty to begin wit...
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...the Voting Rights Act in the 1960s, “In Mississippi alone, voter turnout among blacks increased from 6 percent in 1964 to 59 percent in 1969.” This was truly a significant turnout in U.S. history because one would come to realize that it took years of blood being spilled, sweat inducing labor, and dreaming to make this happen. In the end, the history of the civil rights movement has taught us that life was extremely difficult in the 20th century and that racial inequality would not change until after many people have died to change this and create a better future for the citizens of the U.S.
Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi. New York: Bantam Dell, 1968.
History.com Staff. “Voting Rights Act – Black History.” History.com. Published 2009. Accessed April 03, 2014. http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/voting-rights-act.
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