Essay about The Prejudice Surrounding The Trial Of The Scottsboro Boys

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During the 1930’s in southern America the African Americans were still being mistreated by the opposite race. Numerous African Americans were thrown in jail with no evidence in doing the crime. The novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” focuses on the prejudice surrounding the trial of Tom Robinson who was an innocent black man accused of raping and horrendously beating a white woman. Similar situations comparable to this trial were very common during the 1930’s due to the Jim Crow Laws being strongly enforced in Alabama. In the 1930s the trial of the Scottsboro Boys took place, the case in which two young white women unjustly accused nine young African Americans of rape. Both of these historical and fictional trials prompt the courage to stand up against the bias laws and strive for equal justice for all.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that predominantly explores how a community can be corrupted by simple prejudice and stereotypes within society. The book consists of racial prejudice throughout the trial of Tom Robinson, an innocent man being falsely persecuted for the rape of a white woman, Mayella Ewell. The racially prejudice nature of Maycomb is portrayed clearly through events and language in the novel. Atticus is accused by the town for being a “nigger lover” for supporting Tom’s case. He is also confronted by the lynch mob outside the jail because they had the intention to kill Tom Robinson as a fast way to skip the trial. As Mayella had a bruised right eye she alleged Tom…

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