The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman is a novel by Ernest J. Gaines about Jane Pittman, an African American woman who recalls her life from the Civil War through the beginning of the Vietnam war. Like many freed slaves, the protagonists of the novel suffered a new form of slavery under the sharecropping system and continued to be oppressed in the Jim Crow era. The novel focuses on the struggles and sacrifices of blacks to escape slavery and racism, dying in wars as well as the Civil Rights movement.
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