Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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Slavery, the civil rights movement and racial discrimination towards African Americans are just a few historical events that Miss Jane Pittman experiences in Ernest J. Gaines’ The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. The story of Miss Jane Pittman is truly an amazing one as she tells her life story and life changing events. This novel really allows us to see what life was like in the south during that time period. African Americans delt with so many things at time, especially an African American woman who went by the name Miss Jane Pittman. The novel is based on Miss Pittman’s life both as a slave and a free woman after the Civil War. As a slave her slave name was Ticey. Her and all the other colored people meant nothing to the white people. All they did was work on the plantation all day and received barely nothing for all the work they did. Once slavery was over, and all the colored people were free Jane and some others decided to leave their quarters and head north. Finally she found a new place to stay where she could go to school and get an education. Unfortunately, the school closed later on, and she was unable to finish getting her education. Since she didn’t have the proper education it was very difficult for her to get a job. The only place that she was able to work was on a plantation, and the pay on the plantations was extremely low. In each section of the book, it represents a new chapter in Miss Pittman’s life. She grew older, became wiser and more mature. In the section “The War Years”, it is all about Jane’s life as a child. It is about her life on the plantation, life as a free slave and life caring for Ned as they try to find a place to stay without getting killed. In “Reconstruction”, it was all about how she delt with Ned leaving. She had been with Ned since he was a young boy and she cared for him like he was her own son. In “The Plantation”, she talks more about the people she has met along the way. She tells stories about...
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