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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.


Books

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.

Websites

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.

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.

Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Visitors to this website will find archives of images, a Library Guide, pages for each of Gaines' novels and books, and a blog. The pages for Gaines' works contain background information, questions to consider, possible activities, quotes from Gaines, scholarly articles, and items from the archives.

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