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Analysis of Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi is a narrated autobiography depicting what it was like to develop in the South as a bad African American female. Her autobiography takes us through her entire life journey beginning with her at age four all the way through to her adult years along with her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. The book is split into four phases: Childhood, High School, College and The Movement. Each of those periods represents the procedure in which she "came of age" with each phase and its experiences with an impact on her disposition. She illustrates how important the Civil Rights Movement was by detailing the economical, social, and racial injustices against African Americans she experienced. Moody's youth lacked any positive consequences; she was the child of poor sharecroppers who worked for a white farmer and her father deserted the family for another woman. She attended segregated schools and has been made to start working from the fourth grade on as a way to help encourage her poor family. Following her father left them, her mom moved them off the farm and closer to Centreville, Mississippi so as to try and support the household. Her mother eventually married a man whose family did not get together with her and as a teen Moody felt sexually harassed by her stepfather so causing Moody to proceed while she was still at high school. There were many acts of violence that happened during Moody's youth which helped prove to her that interracial relationships were unacceptable. For instance, white people burned down the Taplin family residence, killing everyone inside. Moody recalls being in shock and everyone in the car sitting still in dead quiet, "We sat in the car for about one hour, silently considering this debris along with the ash that covered the two charcoal-burned bodies... I shall never forget the expressions on the faces of their Negroes. There was almost unanimous hopelessness in them." It was only when highschool when she came to her first understanding about the racial difficulties and violence that have been beating her if an fourteen-year-old African American boy was killed for having whistled at a white girl. Earlier this, Moody was under the impression that "Evil Spirits" were to blame for the mysterious deaths of African Americans, "Up.