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A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying

by Ernest J. Gaines

In all my stories and novels, no one ever escapes Louisiana.


The National Endowment for the Humanities website includes an article on Ernest Gaines for being awarded a National Humanities Medal in 2000. It includes Gaines' views on storytelling, race, and his Louisiana roots.

An article on how Brown v. Board of Education paved the way for many opportunities in our society. This article appears on a website that delivers information from the U.S. Department of State about U.S. foreign policy and about American life and culture.

A sampling of Jim Crow laws from various states created by the staff at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and posted on the National Park Service website.

PBS’s American Experience series entitled “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War” includes a model contract that reveals some of the injustices typical of sharecropping arrangements.


Eig, Jonathan. Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007.

Margolick, David. Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink. New York: Random House, 2005.

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