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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Published in 1960, a model of conventional plot and character, the novel is the most widely read twentieth century American work of fiction devoted to the issue of race.
To Kill a Mockingbird begins in the summer of 1932 and concludes in the fall of 1935. These are the years of the Great Depression, one of the most traumatic periods in American history. The causes of the catastrophe were complex, but most historians agree that an unstable economic situation was devastated by the stock market crash in New York City in October 1929. Many people lost their life savings or their homes; unemployment soared to 25 percent. The Depression only ended fully with the advent of World War II. In March of 1931 a group
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The only professions open to African-Americans in any significant numbers were the ministry and teaching. In most southern cities and towns, African- Americans were only hired as hard laborers and garbage men; they were specifically barred from supervisory positions and jobs as firemen, policemen, and bus drivers. As one sees in To Kill a Mockingbird, the African-American characters are field hands, maids, and garbage collectors. Only two of them have ever been taught to read. Most of the struggle in the late 1940s and early 1950s was over the right to vote and the right to serve on juries, an issue that is prominent in both the Scottsboro case and To Kill a Mockingbird. Arguments for an end to segregation were rarely and cautiously advanced. In the 1950s, however, agitation to lessen job discrimination grew, and many African-American leaders began to realize that equality of opportunity would never be achieved as long as segregation…show more content…
The story takes place in the small Alabama town of Maycomb during the Great Depression. Jem, Scout, and their friend Dill become fascinated with their recluse neighbor Arthur Radley, nicknamed Boo, who has not been seen outside of his house for years. The children act out the story of Boo Radley from rumors they have heard. The children find gifts in a knothole of a tree on the Radley property and imagine that Boo left them. Other incidents lead the children to believe that Boo Radley may not be the evil person the rumors suggest. Atticus, a prominent lawyer, agrees to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been unjustly accused of raping a white woman. As a result of Atticus’s decision, Jem and Scout are harassed by other children, while their father faces disapproval and angry mobs. Atticus does his best to defend Tom Robinson. Scout has faith in the goodness of the people in her community. As the novel progresses, this faith is tested by the hatred and prejudice that emerge during the trial. Scout eventually develops a more mature understanding that allows her to keep her faith in human goodness without being blind to human
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