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Shannon Wynne Advanced Placement Literature Dr. Power 14 December 2011 Achieving Manhood through Literature, Not Violence Louisiana in the 1970’s was a hard place to live for African Americans due to the lingering racism and black codes that were still prominent in society. During this time, blacks only had a few options on how to respond to the black codes. They could either accept the codes or passively react to the white men or they could reject the codes and either escape from the south and racist communities or die at the hands of the white men (Mallon). The characters in A Gathering of Old Men had to choose between these two options for most of their lives. The novel describes the day that they reject passivity and embrace bravery and courage through Ernest Gaines, who grew up in a situation similar to one in…show more content…
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