Essay on Historical Influences On Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Historical Influences on To Kill a Mockingbird

During the 1930’s, there were many changes taking place in the United States. Segregation was still a dominant obstacle, and the economy took a sharp downfall. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses real-life occurrences to build the background for her story. There are many correlations between the Jim Crow laws, mob mentality, and the Scottsboro trials in the book.

One way To Kill a Mockingbird is associated with the course of America’s history is with the establishment of the Jim Crow Laws. The Jim Crow laws were a series of rules created to promote the segregation of black people, and to keep anti-Black racism alive. The Jim Crow laws prevented black people from interacting with white people, and from having any positive status over Whites. Society viewed Whites as superior beings and it supported the oppression of Blacks (Pilgrim 1). There are many ways Blacks could be punished if they broke the rules, even as severe as death. Some examples of the rules include: black males were not allowed to come in contact with a white person, they were not allowed to show affection toward one another in public, white motorists had the right-of-way at all intersections, and they could never comment upon the appearance of a white female (Pilgrim 1,2). In many ways, the town’s people of Maycomb also followed the ways of the Jim Crow laws. There is obvious segregation that takes place in the day-to-day life in Maycomb. When Tom says…

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