Similarities Between To Kill A Mockingbird And The Scottsboro Trial

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Going back to To Kill a Mockingbird, one night when Tom Robinson was locked up in jail, a mob, composed of those who you would consider good people and model citizens, attempted to lynch him. If it weren't for Atticus Finch, Scout Finch's father and Tom's defense attorney, and his brave act of sitting in front of the jail doors to try and protect Tom Robinson from the mass of people who were in pursuit of him, and Scout's unknown wisdom infused words, the flock most likely would have killed Tom. Scout brought to perspective what these people were about to do in relation to their everyday lives. It made them consciously process what they were about to do and how it could affect their lives, and to not just follow the crowd. In my opinion this …show more content…

At the end the verdict of the trial was not guilty, but that was only after the boys had spent ten arduous years in jail. There are many similarities between Tom Robinson's case and the Scottsboro case. One is that in both of the trials there was information presented or witness statements that contradicted other information that was known. In Tom's case some of the contradictions were:
a) they said that Tom had beaten up Mayella's right eye, but in order to do that he would've had to use his left arm which was disabled due to it getting caught in a cotton gin when he was a …show more content…

Dobbins answered, "She was wearing women's clothes." Everyone who had followed the case knew that Bates and Price both were wearing overalls. "Are you sure it wasn't overalls or a coat?" Judge Horton asked. "No sir, a dress," Dobbins said." (Linder).
Another similarity is that in both real life and in the book, there is a section on the second floor of the court house reserved for black people only. Furthermore, both juries decide that the accused is guilty of the crime. The all-white jury is in an awkward position. If they acquit a black man, then they are voting to lessen their own power over the black community. However, if they convict the black man, they do so knowing that they're sentencing an innocent man to death. But, nonetheless, the juries choose to convict them. In conclusion, it is my belief that everything Lee wrote about was historically accurate. From the trial, to the way Tom Robinson was treated, to society itself, all of these things were portrayed the way that they would've truly occurred in the 1930's. Harper Lee correctly portrayed a Lynching, how the Jim Crow Laws are integrated into society, and how the trial of an innocent black man

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