Similarities Between To Kill A Mockingbird And Scottsboro Trial

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ScottsBoro Boys Trial V Maccomb The 1930s were a time of difficulty for people of color in the United States, especially in the south. African Americans were kept separate from white folks and were treated below them, simply because of the color of their skin. During this time, we saw monumental events that spiked up the civil rights movement and had people of color begin to fight for equal rights. One of these events was the Scottsboro trials. These trials focused around a group of black boys who were persecuted and treated unfairly due to the color of their skin. Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, grew up during the time this was taken place and it shows in her writing. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around the trial of Tom Robinson, a trial very reminiscent of the Scottsboro Trials of the 1930s. The two trials have many similarities in characters, events, and the verdict. The Scottsboro incident took place on March 25, 1931. Nine black teenage boys were riding a freight train along with some other white males and two white females.The black boys got in an altercation with the white youths and ended up getting arrested. At this time, the two white females, Ruby Bates and Victoria Price, gave a statement saying the black boys raped them. The trial began on April 6, …show more content…

For the fictional trial of Tom Robinson, it was forgotten as quick as it happened and the only people who seemed to be affected were Atticus Finch’s family and Tom’s wife (Lee). The Scottsboro trial however left lasting effects on the whole world. Since it had received national attention, it opened up the civil rights discussion. This was one of the events that helped start up the civil right movement and made african americans begin to fight to be equal. Trials and cases like this helped lead the country to where it is today and is something people look back on even now to make sure everyone is treated equally and

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