Real-Life Events In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Historical Paper

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”. This book is an example of how our world made and still makes mistakes with killing the innocent. Harper Lee used real-life events as inspiration for her novel to kill a mockingbird. In the novel, there are connections to the Jim Crow laws, mob mentality, and the scottsboro trials.
The first influence on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird are the Jim Crow laws. The Jim Crow laws were horrible demeaning laws to keep african americans lower than whites. The laws were designed to keep the white class higher and superior to blacks in all areas of work, education and society in general, the jim crow laws were a racial caste system that was mostly in use in the south. ( what was Jim 1) “ Jim crow was more than a series of rigid anti-black laws, it was a way of life.” (Pilgrim 1). “Beginning in the late 1870s, Southern state lawmakers passed laws that required Whites and Blacks to attend separate schools and to sit in different areas on public transportation.” (“Jim Crow Laws” 1). People thought these laws were needed because “The Jim Crow system was undergirded by the following beliefs or rationalizations: whites were superior to blacks in all important ways, including but not limited to intelligence, morality, and civilized behavior; sexual relations between blacks and whites would produce a mongrel race which would destroy America;” (“
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