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To Kill A Mockingbird
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1926 Nelle Harper Lee is born in Monroeville, Alabama
1929 Following the Wall Street Crash, the Great Economic Depression causes
widespread poverty and unemployment
1931 The Scottsboro incident occurs; nine black young men are falsely charged and
found guilty of raping two white women in Alabama
1933 President Roosevelt introduces policies to alleviate the effects of the Depression
1945-1949 Harper Lee starts but never completes a law degree at the State
University of Alabama
1950s Harper Lee gives up work as an airline reservations clerk in New York to write
full-time, fine-tuning her novel over many years
1954 The Civil Rights Movement, with Martin Luther King as an important leader,
begins in Montgomery, Alabama
1960 To Kill A Mockingbird is published and is an immediate bestseller
1962 After winning the Pulitzer Prize and several other literary awards, the novel is
made into a film
Present Day Harper Lee divides her time between New York City and Monroeville,
Alabama, keeping out of the public eye…read more

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Scout (Jean Louise Finch) ­ Narrator, aged 6-9 but
tells the story as an adult looking back, tomboy
who is violent, develops a new understanding of
human nature, societal expectations and her own
Atticus Finch ­ Maycomb attorney and state
legislative representative who is assigned to
defend Tom Robinson
Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch) ­ Scout's older brother,
aged 10-13, Scout's "protector" and best friend,
he deals with many difficult issues throughout the
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Aunt Alexandra ­ Atticus' sister, lives at Finch's
Landing, moves in with Atticus during Tom
Robinson's trial, she is very concerned that
Scout have a feminine influence to emulate
Francis Hancock ­ Aunt Alexandra's grandson,
he taunts Scout about Atticus, getting her in
Uncle Jack ­ Atticus and Aunt Alexandra's
bachelor brother who comes to visit every
Christmas, he is a doctor who, like Atticus, was
home-schooled…read more

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Cal (Calpurnia) ­ The Finch's black housekeeper,
grew up at Finch's Landing and moved to
Maycomb with Atticus, mother figure to Scout
and Jem, one of the few black people in town
who is literate, taught Scout to write
Zeebo ­ The town rubbish man, Cal's son, he is
one of four people who can read at the First
Purchase African M.E. Church…read more

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Boo (Mr. Arthur Radley) ­ The mysterious neighbour
who piques the children's interest. They've never
seen him and make a game of trying to get him to
come outside
Nathan Radley ­ Boo's brother who comes to live
with the family again after Mr. Radley dies
Mr and Mrs Radley ­ Boo and Nathan's parents
Dill (Charles Baker Harris) ­ Jem and Scout's
neighbourhood friend. Living in Meridian,
Mississippi, Dill spends every summer with his
aunt, Miss Rachel Haverford…read more

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