The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Book 1, Chapters 3-4 Summary

Ernest J. Gaines

Book 1, Chapters 3-4 Summary

The group of freed slaves heads for the swamps. When they get there, no one knows what to do next. Everyone is afraid of taking the lead for fear that they might get everyone lost. From the back of the crowd, a large woman steps forward. They call her Big Laura. She is the mother of two small children, one of whom she carries and the other she leads by the hand. She also has a large bundle that she balances on the top of her head. Big Laura walks to the front of the group and leads them away. After a long walk, Big Laura takes them to a path that winds through the swamp.

When they take their first break, the freed slaves discuss what they want their new names to be. Many take the last name of Lincoln or other white...

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