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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
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Feb 14, 2009

really liked it

Not an actual autobiography, but a work of fiction which interweaves historical references and recollections into a compelling life story. The book is about the life of a woman (Miss Jane) who was born into slavery, and survived to the dawn of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The book is a modern masterpiece on the topics of race and social justice in America, an overarching story of black experience from the Civil War to Civil Rights, seen primarily through the experience of one woman, but incorporating and representing the experiences of all others. (The book was also adapted into an outstanding film starring Cicely Tyson in the title role.)
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