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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ernest J. Gaines

Having lived 110 years, Jane Pittman is a woman with many stories to tell. Born into slavery, she lives through the Civil War, Reconstruction, life on a Southern plantation, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Her strength and courage serve as models to those around her.

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