Segregation In The 1950's: An Analysis

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During the 1950’s there were three opinions people held when it came to segregation: uninformed, pro-segregation, and anti-segregation. These three people either didn’t know or care about segregation (uninformed), were keen on fighting segregation (anti-segregation), or really wanted it to stay (pro-segregation). Mississippi Trial 1955 is a historical fiction book that took place in the 1950’s. The main character of the book, Hiram, finds himself in the middle of one of the biggest trials the south has ever seen, the murder of a black boy by white men. In Mississippi Trial 1955, Chris Crowe uses Hiram, Hiram’s Grampa, and Hiram’s Dad, to reveal these different opinions of Americans in the 1950’s. The first opinion that people held was the uninformed. This is when the person didn’t care or didn’t know about what was going on with segregation, and stayed out of the fight. Hiram represents this uninformed person. Hiram says to Mr. Paul as they are discussing segregation, “‘but don’t Negroes want their own school just like we do?’” (Crowe 72). By Hiram saying this it shows how little he knows about segregation, and that he has been ‘brainwashed’ by his Grandfather to think Negroes want to be separated from…show more content…
He starts out resenting his father’s views and believing everything his Grandfather said was right. As the book moved along and Hiram was able to see the truth of the south, Hiram’s views changed. When describing what happened in the summer of 1955 Hiram says, “when it was all over, I started seeing Dad, and a whole lot other people, different than I had before,”(Crowe 2). From this, the reader can see that as the book moved along, Hiram switched from completely agreeing with his Grandfather and resenting his Dad, to the complete opposite. This transition was also a transition that many Americans underwent as the trial of Emmett Till showed the gruesomeness of the
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