Discrimination, Racial Inequality, And Segregation Of The United States During The Great Depression Era

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Reprehensible Discrimination “The roots of a child’s ability to cope and thrive, regardless of circumstance, lie in that child’s having had a least a small, safe place in which, in the companionship of a loving person, that child could discover that he or she was lovable and capable of loving in return,” are the wise words of well-known television entertainer and educator Fred Rogers, better known as Mr. Rogers (Frank, 100). This quote by Fred Rogers talks about how a child can thrive regardless of the circumstances in which he is raised as long as he has one small place where he is loved and is safe. The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee deals with the topics of isolationism, racial inequality, and segregation in the United States during the Great Depression era. Harper Lee uses the novel to show how during the 1930s in America’s segregated south that black people were persecuted, treated unfairly, and were used as scapegoats. In Lee’s novel, the characters Dill and Jem are two young friends who spend summers together in Maycomb, Alabama. The difference between the backgrounds of Dill, who is not from Maycomb, and Jem, who is from Maycomb, as well as the effects those differences have upon the characters in the book, allows the reader to see and understand the moral shortcomings in the community. In To Kill a Mockingbird, when Tom Robinson, a colored man, is framed for raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, the town of Maycomb erupts into a racially fueled conflict.…

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