The Issues of Race and Gender Discrimination in Benevolent Neglect in An American Childhood by Annie Dillard

This essay summarizes the autobiography Benevolent Neglect in an American Childhood by Annie Dillard. The author discusses the life of a girl in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Annie's most significant challenge growing up was overcoming parental and societal expectations of girls. She did not want to go to school, marry a boy in Pittsburgh, stay at home, and keep house. Instead, she wanted to run away to sea, cure cancer, play for the Pirates, and paint in Paris.
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