The Jim Crow laws weren’t originally named the Jim Crow laws in the reconstruction era (1865-1877) when they were first passed. They were started to called that by the actor named Jim Crow who was a white man who blacked his face and he danced around and sang about not having a care in the world. The Reconstruction era was the period of time after the civil war after the north triumphed over the south. Things weren’t a smooth transition for the people of the south with many people staying as racists and the creation of hate groups and deadly gangs such as the Ku Klux Klan were rampant after the northern soldiers left the south when reconstruction was over. The treatment of the innocent black people was unfair and unjust.
In the 1930’s many African-American people were constantly dealing with the racism of that time. People were getting lynched with no involvement of the government and segregation was common throughout the country. America was in one of it’s darkest times. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper lee, the case of Tom Robinson was unjust and a representation of many flaws in the system of justice. In Maycomb, Alabama its judicial system is flawed, due to the way it was constructed.
Lucas Garvey Mrs. Tavares H. English 10 21 May 2016 Inequality in American Society Today The book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is a novel based around social inequality present in the Southern United States during the 1930’s. The novel takes place in Maycomb, a small town in Southern Alabama during the depression era. Lee 's novel is told from the perspective of a young girl, Jean Louise Finch, nicknamed Scout.
In the novel, Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of rape by a white girl. However, the whole town knows that Tom Robinson is innocent but the jury still convicts Tom Robinson as guilty and sentences him to death. Racism manifests and has manifested itself in To Kill a Mockingbird, my life, and in the twenty-first
To begin, Tom Robinson is a black man whose voice goes unnoticed and ignored as segregation overwhelms the senses of society. This is specifically seen within the walls of the courtroom. Although Atticus prepares a strong case for him, he has no chance and the man on the stand knew this. When this was made obvious to Tom and the verdict was decided, he was devastated. He lost all hope that he previously had in Atticus and the justice system.
The final way that shows how labels can affect people is negativity. There is so much negativity in this book, like when the book mentioned how the Ewells were not liked. “ The Ewells have been the disgrace of maycomb for three generations.”(Lee 30) This is true and nobody in Maycomb likes the Ewells. The only reason that people were on their side for the trial was because Tom was black and the people were racist that stood against him, They didn 't stand by the Ewells because they liked them.
Great Depression, racial injustice, woman rights, all of this was going on during the time period that To Kill a Mockingbird time frame was based on. So much was going wrong with the United States during that time frame, it was a miracle we were able to dig ourselves out of that kind of hole. The worst part of the 1930s was the racial injustice. Mobs would kill innocent black men, jurors sent them on death role for crimes they didn 't commit, blacks were scared to walk alone for the fear of being killed because of their skin color.
Exemplary in many unmerited court outcomes, it seems there is no way to defend an African American in court with justice. Defending them in front of a society in which puts them under themselves is a noble statement of duty. Such an act was portrayed in the film To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Robert Mulligan, which depicted this era of an unjust legal system. Protagonist Atticus Finch is a lawyer during the Great Depression, and is asked to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white
In society, there are very few people who have the unwavering dedication to stand up for what they believe. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, a black man was convicted and accused of a crime he didn 't commit, raping a white women, which is not in anyway tolerable in society. In Harper Lee 's To Kill A Mockingbird, the author used point of view and symbolism to acknowledge how the the several social divisions which make up much of the adult world are shown to be both irrational and extremely destructive. To begin with, the short story To Kill A Mockingbird, used point of view to show how the many social divisions in the world are irrational and destructive. Scout; a first grade student at the time, was telling the story from her point of view and what had occurred from her childhood perspective.
Bob Ewell. Most of everybody is racist in To Kill a Mockingbird but the Ewells are the “big hitters” of racism in Maycomb. “Why I run for Tate as quick as I could I knowd who it was all right lived down yonder in that nigger nest passed the house everyday. Jedge i’ve asked this county for fifteen years to clean out that nest down yonder they’re dangerous to live around sides devaluin my property.” Harper Lee to kill a Mockingbird Quite literally the only reason Bob Ewell said that is because of the simple fact that Tom is black and doesn’t want to deal with the black
In the novel A Lesson Before Dying, written by Ernest J. Gaines in 1993, Grant Higgins struggles with the idea of criminal justice in the south during the 1940s. During this time in Bayonne, LA African Americans did not receive the same justice as whites. In this quotation one can see the discrimination, “Twelve white men say a black man must die, and another white man sets the date and time without consulting one black person. Justice?” (Gaines 157).
Jem gets furious and in retaliation, snatches Scout’s baton, running “flailing wildly up the steps into Mrs. Dubose’s front yard. … He [Jem] … cuts the tops off every camellia bush Mrs. Dubose owned, until the ground was littered” (Lee 137). When Atticus gets home that evening, he steps one foot in the door and yells to Jem to see if he was responsible for Mrs. Dubose’s yard.
This may now seem like an anomaly, but this is in fact something that happens in the present day. Which is why it was intentional, that Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates the theme: Progress-real
The Possibility of Evil Miss Strangeworth got what she deserved. She hurt the people that she sent the letters to. So the people got revenge but cutting down her precious roses. Miss Strangeworth seems to be a sweet innocent old lady that loves her roses but at night she went incognito to write and deliver hate letters to the people in town telling them different things that are very offending and causes a lot of controversy in the town. Miss Strangeworth family has lived on pleasant street for generation.
There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins. They’re ugly, but these are the facts of life” (Lee 295) - Atticus Finch. To Kill A Mockingbird, a novel set in the 1930’s in Maycomb County when racism was more often seen than today. A town with a racist society filled with many white racist individuals.