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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,087 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Moody Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born to a poor couple who were tenant farmers on a plantation in Mississippi, Anne Moody lived through some of the most dangerous days of the pre-civil rights era in the South. The week before she began high school came the news of Emmet Till's lynching. Before then, she had "known the fear of hunger, hell, and the Devil. But now there was…the fear of being killed just because I was black." In that moment was born the passion for freedom and justice that would change her life.An all-A student whose dream of going to college is realized when she wins a basketball scholarship, she finally dares to join the NAACP in her junior year. Through the NAACP and later through CORE and SNCC she has first-hand experience of the demonstrations and sit-ins that were the mainstay of the civil rights movement, and the arrests and jailings, the shotguns, fire hoses, police dogs, billy clubs and deadly force that were used to destroy it.A deeply personal story but also a portrait of a turning point in our nation's destiny, this autobiography lets us see history in the making, through the eyes of one of the footsoldiers in the civil rights movement. Download and start listening now!

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  • Simply one of the best, Anne Moody's autobiography is an eloquent, moving testimonial to . . . Courage. Chicago Tribune

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alex | 2/6/2014

    " One of my all-time favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura | 2/6/2014

    " This book, detailing the childhood and young adult years of a black grassroots civil rights worker and exceptional student in Mississippi, is a fast and gripping read, even 45 years after it was first written. Anne Moody writes in a matter-of-fact voice about the almost unimaginable poverty and lack of consistent familial support in which she grew up, of her growing involvement with the civil rights movement in the early 1960s, and of the emotional toll it took on her. Her relentless depiction of the movement through her own often-discouraged eyes is part of why this book continues to speak to readers after so many years: its authenticity shines through. Though published in 1968, the book ends with the beginning of Freedom Summer (summer of 1964) when thousands of mostly white college students came to Mississippi to supplement the work earlier civil rights workers had been doing there, infusing--for a while--new enthusiasm and energy into the heartbreakingly difficult, risky, and often terrifying effort to bring nonviolent change and basic rights and liberties to African Americans in Mississippi. I most enjoyed reading passages where her life intersected with those of other famous civil rights workers, like Bob Moses, Ed King, and Dave Dennis; I enjoyed having a chance to see them through her eyes. Its major contribution is to show a black, grassroots civil rights worker's living conditions and struggle in the apparently almost forgotten period before the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 guaranteed basic rights to all citizens, and before there was any kind of safety net for poor people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacey Brewer | 2/6/2014

    " I found this autobiography very thought provoking. I like that it was somewhat unemotional, just putting her facts out there. When you are going through something traumatic you often put the emotional aside and get down to the business of life. Your sacrifice and struggle become instinct. This book explored how we each make decisions to help or not help someone else. I only hope that if I had been alive during the civil rights movement I would have been one of those that stood up (or sat down)for equal rights and that I live my life today with that same expectation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melanie Sandy | 1/30/2014

    " If you think you were "inspired" by "The Help," you should read this amazing autobiography instead. This is real southern life in the 1940s-60s. "

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