Background of To Kill A Mockingbird

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  • Background of To Kill A Mockingbird
    • Harper Lee's Life
      • Father-Lee's farther was a lawyer just as Atticus was in the book
      • Monroeville- Lee grew up in a sleepy small town called Monroeville which was like Maycombe in many ways
      • Truman Capote- Truman was one of lee's best friends and was inspiration for the charatcer of Dill
      • KKK was around when Lee was young
    • Scottsboro Trials
      • Similarities
        • both accused of rape
        • both defendants were black americans
        • both accusers were white americans
      • Differences
        • there were 9 defendants but in the book there was one
        • there was 2 accusers but in the book there was 1
    • Prejudice
      • racial devision
      • black americans would never win a court case over white americans
      • a lot of society was not nice to black Americans and this is shown many times through the book
      • slavery was still considered ok by many
    • Wall Street Crash
      • The American stock market had fallen
      • caused great depression
      • southern states were impacted most as they relied on farming. this is communicated in the book through atticus saying farmers were hardest hit
    • Social Class System
      • social hierachy was a big part of american life
      • black americans were bottom of the social class system
    • Why Is The Book important?
      • highlights many aspects of 1930's america
      • shows what life was like through the unique view of a child
      • gives us an insight into the life of black americans
  • Father-Lee's farther was a lawyer just as Atticus was in the book
  • The scottsboro trials were the trials of 9 young Black Americans that were accused of raping two White Women. They happened in 1931 when scout was 5 and many similarities and differences can be found between these trials and the trial of Tom Robinson in the book
    • Scottsboro Trials
      • Similarities
        • both accused of rape
        • both defendants were black americans
        • both accusers were white americans
      • Differences
        • there were 9 defendants but in the book there was one
        • there was 2 accusers but in the book there was 1
  • the defendants were mainly young men but in the book he was a grown man

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