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A widely hailed and adopted social and historical commentary, this contemporary classic is the autobiography of a young black girl growing up in the Deep South. Moody details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidly reveals the soul of the black girl who had the courage to challenge it.
"I use this memoir because it engages students' attention on an emotional as well as an intellectual level, and involves them intimately in an important aspect of our history. Most of them find it a revelation, and for some it has been a transforming experience."–Professor Stephanie L. O'Neal, History Department, Southwest Missouri State University
"A history of our time, seen from the bottom up, through the eyes of someone who decided for herself that things had to be changed.... A timely reminder that we cannot relax."–Senator Edward M. Kennedy, The New York Times Book Review
"Something is new here...rural southern black life begins to speak. It hits the page like a natural force, crude and undeniable and, against all principles of beauty, beautiful."–The Nation
“Simply one of the best, Anne Moody’s autobiography is an eloquent, moving testimonial to…courage.” —Chicago Tribune
Childhood • High School • College • The Movement