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Gathering of Old Men

by Ernest J. Gaines  |  Grades 8-12  |  Lexile Level 650 

A story about race relations which takes place on a Louisiana plantation. A farmer is dead, eighteen old black men each claim to have killed him, and the sheriff must figure out who to arrest.

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man. 

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