Essay about Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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The Social “Race”ism of the Century
All people thrive on something what do you thrive on? Have you ever falsely accused somebody of doing something? Well, the people of Maycomb country thrive on using racism to make their decisions. They also accuse Tom of rapping Mayella just like the Scottsboro boys were accused of rapping the two young white women. Harper Lee used real-life events as inspiration for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird. There are connections to Jim Crow, mob mentality, and issues of racism in that time period. In To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the first historical references is the Jim Crow laws. Jim Crow was a system of laws that set up inequality. Some people thought the laws were needed because people thought the whites were superior and that God supported racial segregation. A few examples of the laws are, blacks are not able to be buried in the same area as whites this was called Burial (Pilgrim 4). Another law is that black people were not allowed to show affection to each other in public (Pilgrim 2). Also another Jim Crow law is white drivers had the right away at crossings and intersections (Pilgrim 2). If the laws were not followed there were punishments. One of those punishments is that violence could be used to keep blacks at the bottom of the social scales (Pilgrim 1). Another punishment is that blacks could be physical beat if they tried to vote, or drink from a white water fountain (Pilgrim 5). The Jim Crow picture is a representation of this…

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