Notes On The ' Kill A Mockingbird ' By Harper Lee Essay

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Histories impact on To Kill a Mockingbird During the 1930’s the United States was in a time of great poverty and segregation. The Great Depression was in full swing and the town of Maycomb, Alabama was right in the middle of it. Harper Lee integrated real-life events as stimulus for her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In the novel, there are connections to the Jim Crow laws, mob/herd mentality, and the Scottsboro trials.

The Jim Crow laws were written to limit the rights of black people, and to repress their role and place in society. The poster representing the Jim Crow laws portrays Jim Crow in torn clothes, animals in clothes, and the picture depicts Jim Crow to be incredibly happy. The picture illustrates how Blacks were considered to be lower than animals in society (V.). The Jim Crow laws were even worse than a poster could depict. The law stating that a Black male could not offer his hand to a white woman for the fear of being accused of rape is frankly unspeakable. Blacks were not allowed to show public affection towards one another, as it offended Whites. Blacks who violated the Jim Crow laws risked losing their homes, jobs, and even their lives. Whites could physically abuse Blacks with no punishment, as the Jim Crow justice system favored whites (Pilgrim 1,2). The town folk in Maycomb, Alabama also abide by these harsh and unfair laws. In the novel, black citizens of Maycomb are lower than the Ewells, who are considered to be the lowest ranking White people…

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