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Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South

by Anne Moody Author

In the days before the civil rights era, the rural American South was a difficult place to be Black. The author of this book knows that all too well. In this much read and canonized work of autobiography, Anne Moody documents her experiences growing up in those dangerous days, before school integration, when segregation was still the law of the land, and when lynchings were common. A snapshot of a turbulent moment in our nation's history, and an extraordinary work of literature from one of the preeminent civil rights activists of the 20th century, Coming of Age in Mississippi is a powerful book, especially in today's polarized and hostile political climate, with fascism and racism on the rise once again.