This essay will primarily focus on the criminal justice area of this when discussing the Scottsboro trials and comparing the trials to the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In some schools, To Kill a Mockingbird is mandatory for students to read (“Harper Lee dies at 89: A quiet life, a lasting legacy-- see the photos” 2). Jon Stewart said there is a “gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn’t exist” (Judith 2). There are similarities between the famous Scottsboro Trials and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. THE SCOTTSBORO TRIALS There were nine African American teenagers aboard a freight train during March of 1931 in Jackson County, Alabama (Alex 1).
The term disenfranchisement can be defined as depriving someone of their rights, power and privileges. This notion is heavily explored and demonstrated in Harper Lee’s classical novel - “ To Kill A Mockingbird”, published in 1960. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is set in the fictitious rural town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. The plot of this novel occurs in an era of great social and economic turmoil. Discrimination and racism was at its peak and Lee, the author manages to capture this attitude in her novel.
Praised by some yet, ridiculed by others, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird provides material for the omnipresent debate on those recurring thematic issues of race, gender, and social structure which classify and define our society. Though written during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s, the story takes place in the South during the Great Depression over a period of three years. During this time, the child protagonist Scout Finch bears witness to one of the county’s most significant trials - that of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman and a trial for which her father is the defence counsel. Through this trial, she learns lessons on morality, personal dignity, and what it means to exist within the boundaries of her society’s expectations. This trial and the events of the novel imbue the story with the values of the Civil Rights Movement and it is around the characters of Scout, Boo Radley (a
The book To Kill A Mockingbird is based on the events of the Scottsboro trials and there are many similarities. An important thing that is similar between the two cases are the defendants. In the book Tom Robinson was accused of taking advantage of Mayella Ewell. On page 251 of To kill A Mockingbird it says, “That nigger yonder took advantage
About 20,000 innocent people in the U.S. are in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, according to the Huffington Post. This fact is relates to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, where readers follow the main character, Scout, as she endeavors to understand her cryptic, Southern-Alabaman community. More specifically, the notorious trial of Tom Robinson, a local black man who has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Although Judge Taylor specifically appointed Atticus to represent Tom, the trial was unfair because the jury ignored the concrete evidence presented by the defense. The witnesses in the trial presented convoluted versions of what happened the night of November twenty-first, the night that Tom
“Strange Fruit”, sung by Billie Holiday and written by Abel Meeropol, is considered one of the first protest songs, being called by jazz writer Leonard Feather. “Strange Fruit” reflects the social environment and racial discrimination experienced by black Americans in the early 1900s. Lynching was one of many products of racism in America, and one of the various results of racial discrimination experienced by black Americans in the United States at the time, alongside disenfranchisement, segregation, labour exploitation, etc. Although being banned from most radio stations, “Strange Fruit” reached number 16 in the pop charts, highlighting the issue of racism in America by disabling the luxury of ignorance for those living in greater America and bringing the issue of racism and
Racism has been around since the 16th century. Although it changes, the same basic concept of one race being superior to the other stays around. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930s during the depression. Though the fictional setting of Maycomb County is set in the south, the story still gives a glimpse into what racism was like in America during this time period. In To Kill a Mockingbird during chapter nine, Lee reveals the predominant racism throughout the town by illustrating Cecil Jacobs comments made about Atticus.
The 1930s was a very challenging time for america, it was the peak of the the Great Depression and the social oppression of women. The fictional novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is centered around the political issues america faced. The novel takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb Alabama where we look at the case of Tom Robinson against Mayella and Bob Ewell. The story goes that Tom Robinson went into the Ewell household and took advantage of Mayella and beat her. Although Mayella was actually the perpetrator, she won the case and Tom Robinson was sentenced to prison.
To Defend a Black Man Would you defend a black man in the 1930’s in the south? Atticus Finch’s decision to defend Tom Robinson is questionable as Atticus had endangered the lives of family and friends, but on the other had Atticus was best fit for the job and the only lawyer who had a chance to help Tom. Atticus from to To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee in 1960, was the father of Jem and Scout; the main protagonists. They had lived in an imaginary town called Maycomb set in Southern Alabama in 1930 in the years of the great depression when poverty was great in much of the country. Atticus had a court case for Tom Robinson, who had been filed for rape by Bob Ewell.
Discrimination. To Kill A Mockingbird, a book based off of the racial biases of the American South in the time (1930s/Great Depression), shows them and their effects, like how the blacks in the courtroom have to sit in the balcony. Also, Tom Robinson was considered guilty in a white person versus a black person case, even though the evidence pointed to him being innocent. Another event that was going on was when a gang tries to take Tom Robinson away for lynching, but is stopped by Atticus and Scout. To Kill A Mockingbird shows the effects of racial discrimination in the American South at the time by showing racism towards blacks, allow automatic black guilt, and threats or violence made to blacks
W. Griffith 's film "Birth of A Nation" with its derogatory portrayals of African Americans and celebratory depiction of Ku Klux Klan violence. If there was an injustice being done in America; it was being spoken against in the paper. The paper spoke out against the injustice in the military and during both wars; World War I and World War II. After the wars, The California Eagle focused on the injustices of California. The paper later joined forces with other papers such as The Chicago Defender, Afro-American, The Norfolk Journal, and many others to give support to the Scottsboro Nine; the young men accused of raping two white women aboard a freight train.