American South

A Gathering of Old Men

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Stirring, heroic, and wonderfully laced with the musical languages of the Bayou, Ernest J. Gaines - the foremost voice in contemporary African American literature - adds another breathtaking saga to his canon with A Gathering of Old Men.

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A Gathering of Old Men

Black Like Me (2012)

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In 1964, just as Washington was passing the Civil Rights Act, some of Hollywood's most passionate activists interpreted John Howard Griffin's brave chronicle Black Like Me for the screen, with James Whitmore starring as the writer, who, in 1959, medically altered his pigment and, with the help of a sunlamp, reinvented himself as an itinerant black writer navigating his

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Black Like Me

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

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The Watsons are an African-American family that live in Flint, Michigan where they're raising three children in the 1960's. The oldest son, Byron, is hanging with the wrong crowd and his parents want to change his environment. The whole family piles into their old car for a trip to Birmingham, Alabama, where Byron's strict grandmother lives. While traveling in the South, they encounter overt racism and segregation, and a tragic event that will shake their world. They realize that the love of family gives them the strength to endure most anything.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Because of Winn-Dixie

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Based on the beloved, best-selling book, Because of Winn-Dixie is the heartwarming "tail" of a girl and the four-legged friend who changes her life. When a little girl named Opal and her preacher father (Jeff Daniels) move to a small southern town, she adopts a scruffy, fun-loving pooch named Winn-Dixie. The special bond between them works magic on her dad and the eccentric townspeople they meet during one unforgettable summer.

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Elementary
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01:46
Because of Winn-Dixie

Mudbound (Unabridged)

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Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband.

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Mudbound (Unabridged)

Regional Realism (2003)

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Depicting the Local in American Literature, 1865-1900

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Regional Realism

Southern Renaissance (2003)

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Southern Resaissance

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Southern Renaissance