NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1123313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Always in the Mood for Moody: Teaching History through Anne Moody's "Coming of Age in Mississippi"
Boisseau, T. J.
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v24 n1-2 p18-31 2014
In searching for a way of teaching American history as something that truly belongs to women, and men, to the powerful as well as to those who lack power in a formal sense, as something that is not the story of white people with an interesting person of color charitably thrown in for good measure, Boisseau writes that while many influential writings on African American women's autobiography and civil rights activism have shaped her thinking and form an implicit theoretical framework for this essay, the preeminent teaching text in her arsenal is the perennially popular civil rights era memoir first published in 1968 by Anne Moody, "Coming of Age in Mississippi." The historical evidence that this young, rural, impoverished, black woman's memoir brings to students' consciousness pulls together all the political, economic, and social history about the civil rights movement, as well as the biggest events and developments in the United States of the middle years of the twentieth century. Boisseau's concern in this article is not only to further the reach of this text to those feminist instructors not already familiar with it, but to expand upon its usefulness in the classroom beyond the applications it has mostly been used.
University of Illinois Press. 1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6903. Tel: 217-244-0626; Fax: 217-244-8082; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A