To Kill A Mockingbird and the Little Rock Nine Essays

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When a group of children known as the Little Rock Nine stepped onto the campus of Central High School of Arkansas on September 4th, 1957, they changed history forever. By being the first black students to attend a traditionally white high school, the nine students helped move America toward a more fair and constitutional attitude toward colored people. To Kill a Mockingbird was written during this time period and deals with many of the same cultural issues even though it’s story takes place a few decades earlier. If this were not the case and the novel’s characters had grown up during the same time as the Little Rock Nine, there is no doubt that Scout, Atticus, Bob Ewell, and many other characters would have had strong opinions about and …show more content…
This system allowed white children to transfer to the black high school, but when 33 black students submitted transfer requests to one of the white high schools with help from the NAACP all of them were denied. In 1957, the year desegregation was planned, only 17 black students applied to transfer to Central High School, and that number was diminished to nine after eight students dropped out. Central High School would be the only school of the three original to desegregate. September 4th, 1957, was supposed to be the first day of school for Elizabeth Eckford, Melba Patillo, Gloria Ray, Thelma Mothershed, Ernest Green, Terrance Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, Carlotta Walls, and Minnijean Brown. However, when they arrived to Central High School they were blocked entry by the National Guard and their pointed guns. Arkansas governor, Orval Faubus, had called the guards in the night before: “...the governor of Arkansas turned the situation into a political issue” (Kowalski 18). This was an outright violation of federal law. All nine students were denied entry that day, but one student, Elizabeth Eckford, had to face the mob head on and by herself. Eckford had failed to receive a message from the students’ mentor, Daisy Bates, about a meeting place for the nine students the night before. Eckford arrived by herself and was subject to the harsh cries,

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