Coming Of Age In Mississippi By Anne Moody

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The reading “Coming of Age in Mississippi” by Anne Moody is a primary source explaining her perspective of experiencing racial oppression in the South during the mid-1940s to the early 1960s by the Jim Crow laws which is an extension of the legacy left behind by the slavery system. Chapter 21 is about Moody’s college experience of her scenario of at a bus station where a drunk white Southern man proclaiming that Blacks should sit in their seat on the bus (Jim Crow segregation law) and imitating a minstrel show which refers an old stereotype that Black being ignorant and lazy. Chapter 22 and 23 are about Moody’s Civil Right Movement experience of actively participating in the Civil Right Movement activities such as Woolworth sit-in while enduring the racial oppression actions such as …show more content…

The reading’s theme is not about the Civil Right Movement against racial oppression in the South, but Black’s disunity toward a prolonged common racial threat. Regardless the assigned reading’s time period is in Mississippi during WWII (1941-1945) and the Postwar Era (after WWII), chapters 21 to 23 does not primarily reflect Black’s discrimination WWII job opportunities in the military and war industries during or Postwar Era deindustrialization of labor and housing condition. But, historically reflecting on the extension on two time periods: 1) segregation of Jim Crow’s laws (1877-1950s) and the Post-Reconstruction tactics ranging from abuse to murder and 2) Civil Right Movement (1954-1968). The first example is at the bus station where a drunken white man told the Black woman and her children to sit at the Black side in the bus referring Jim Crow laws and performing a minstrel show satirizing the

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