Blast from the Past: Coming of Age in Mississippi

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
10/??/2006-11/28/2006 — 384 pages — autobiography
Required by Vibha Bhalla for Ethnic Studies 101
Bought from SBX, August 2006
★★★★

Rather interesting novel about a young girl in her teens during the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s-1970s. She doesn’t understand the races are separated until she wanders as a young child into the white section of a movie theatre. After aware of segregation she’s still not sure why it’s the way it is. That’s what she learns over the course of the next 20 years or so, becoming a young active leader in the Movement. There are death threats and murders of her acquaintances along the way, but she survives and records her life for all the world to see how the black hatred in the deep south affected one girl, like many others.

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Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.

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