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When was Jane Pittman born and when did she die?

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folk213 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 10, 2008 at 9:37 PM via web

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When was Jane Pittman born and when did she die?

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reidalot | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted October 10, 2008 at 9:47 PM (Answer #1)

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Jane Pittman is a fictional character who is approximately 110 years old. Her story begins sometime in the 1860's and ends up in the 1960's during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This work of fiction follows Pittman through the end of Emancipation and outlines the struggles of the freed slaves. Follow the link for more information!

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daishaisdabest | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2009 at 10:57 PM (Answer #2)

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she was never born

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:36 PM (Answer #4)

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Even though I laughed at daishaisdabest's answer, I have to admit that she is correct:  Miss Jane Pittman was never born.  The most we can tell you is that Miss Jane Pittman is a fictional character, albeit in a work of historical fiction.  So, in that regard, we can project a "kind of" date of birth.  Let's take the facts and determine the exact "date" of her birth. 

We know that the fictional Miss Jane Pittman is 110 years old during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.  So, just for fun, let's say that Miss Jane Pittman is 110 years old in 1962. 

Another "fact" about the fictional Miss Jane Pittman is that she was originally a slave. 

Jimmy I have a scar on my back I got when I was a slave. I'll carry it to my grave. You got people out there with this scar on their brains, and they will carry that scar to their grave.

Because slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 (even though the Civil War didn't end until 1865) and because we have determined that Miss Jane Pittman was 110 in 1962, that means that she was 10 years old in 1862, and therefore, 11 years old when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863.

Therefore, it is fairly safe to assume (give or take a year) that, because the fictional Miss Jane Pittman was 110 in 1962 and she was 10 in 1862, Miss Jane Pittman must have been born around 1852.  This would be the perfect timing to allow this fictional character to begin her life as a slave and end her life with the Civil Rights Movement at the elderly age of 110.

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