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Gaines, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying A Lesson Before Dying highlights the tension inherent in the lives of African-Americans during the 1940s. 
Wilson, August Fences The story portrays the 1950s as a time when a new world of opportunity for blacks began to open up, leaving those like Troy, who grew up in the first half of the century, to feel like a stranger in their own land. 
Kesey, Ken One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The novel explores the themes of individuality and rebellion against conformity, ideas that were widely discussed at a time when the United States was committed to opposing communism and totalitarian regimes around the world. 
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