The Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world was at its lowest point in 1933, the beginning of the book. Over 15 million Americans were unemployed, and half of the country's banks had failed, malnutrition was a big problem for children due to their parents not being able to afford food for them, and many families were evicted from the houses or lands that they lived on. During this period, most African Americans worked on farms that were owned by white landowners and lived in rural areas. While life before the Great Depression was already arduous for African Americans, their living conditions worsened due to the fact that the farmers they worked for lost their land. As previously mentioned, food prices had deflated causing farmers to not be able to make a profit off of their land.
to recover from this depression. The unprecedented occurrences which happened in the late 1920’s and 1930’s caused much to change in America: socially, financially, and politically. Many laws and regulations were passed to prevent something similar from happening in the future, such as the Agricultural Adjustment Organization, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the National Recovery Administration (Timeline). People who lived during the Great Depression often suffered because of it for the rest of their lives. People were forced to be stingy to survive, and after the depression was over they squandered their money on luxuries and necessities alike.
If one did not care about other people, that is how that same person wants to be treated. For example, when Uncle Jack visits the Finches and talks about the trial, Atticus says, “Before I’m through, I intend to jar the jury a bit--I think we’ll have a reasonable chance on appeal, though. I really can’t tell at this stage, Jack. You know, I’d hope to get through life without a case of this kind, John Taylor pointed at me and said, ‘You’re It’” (117).
The Dust Bowl was caused by a variety of unfortunate circumstances at the worst time. The dust bowl refers the 1930’s when during the Great Depression, powerful winds ripped off the top soil (the soil that is best used for farming) and killed many crops. The farmers that were hit the hardest were the ones in the southern great plains. This region was soon known as the Dust Bowl. In the off season, farmers would plant grass to keep the topsoil from being taken with the wind.
The re-rise of the Ku Klux Klan around 1915, combined with the strangle hold Jim Crow laws had on African-Americans in the South, raised pressures in the middle of blacks and whites in the United States. A rush of rough racial meetings started to rise in the 1920s, starting a standout amongst the most socially turbulent times in America 's history. Jim Crow was a well-known minstrel show performed by a white performer who glaringly ridiculed African-Americans. The expression "Jim Crow Law" came to be utilized to depict the isolation framework utilized fundamentally as a part of the South from 1877 to the mid-1950s.
African Americans in the early part of our history were treated extremely poorly and faced a lot of public neglect. Lynchings, public violence, and harassment haunted many colored people of that time. The Ku Klux Klan were behind most of these acts of injustice. From these events, as we progressed through history, different groups, social movements, and acts of integrity helped shape African American’s futures for the better. Within this paper I will be hitting on some key moments that impacted how colored people lived and are viewed from then to now.
The Civil War left America in a state of disarray, with over 600,000 casualties of the war and the South founds itself in social and economical ruin. The following twelve years, from 1865 to 1877, even though one may argue that Reconstruction for the South started as early as 1863 with the Emancipation proclamation, marked an era of reconstruction that contained many challenges: first, the reunification of this divided nation, second the conversion of the South, whose economy relied entirely on slavery and finally the integration of the emancipated slaves, culturally as well as politically. It was a time of transition from a belligerent conflict between the North and the South to a political one and a time of many changes. We may thus wonder to what extent the Reconstruction Era was a rupture in American history and paved the way to a unified nation? My argumentation will consequently fall in two parts: on the one hand I will demonstrate that the Reconstruction Era marks the end of a time and then I will show that the reconstruction is far from fulfilling its ambitions.
The Great Depression is a dark period of American history. This period was earmarked by the implosion of a weakened banking system and resulted in the stock market crash on October 29, 1929. The ensuing years saw an incalculable amount of joblessness, extreme poverty and vast financial ruin. No community was hit harder by this period than American minorities. Still struggling from the unhealed wounds of the civil war, the scars of immigration and sexual discrimination; blacks, Latinos and women faced disparities unlike no other.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Historical Paper The Great Depression was a difficult time in American history. It occurred throughout the 1930’s, and was a period of unemployment and economic decline (McCabe 12). The events in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird took place as the Great Depression was coming to an end, and the effects of it are seen in the story.
Although he shows his family much fidelity and has fears about accepting the case, he chooses justice. This is important because Atticus feared how him taking the case would affect Jem and Scout, he eventually pushes his fears aside, and accepts the role he had been given to play. Many people disregard the changes that Atticus and his family faced when he accepted the case. As previously mentioned Atticus was well respected in the town, but after taking the case people
On the social side, the slaves were freed but not accepted at all into society, as “...one negro counted as three-fifths of a man” (Doc 130, p 310). On the economic side, the loss of slaves was a shock to the economy; so was the war itself since it was fought mainly on Southern
From the moment Atticus accepts Robinson 's case, he knew he would have a slim chance of winning the court 's vote, yet if Atticus decided to not defend Robinson, all the times he told Scout and Jem to do the right thing would have been prodigal. By taking on this case, Atticus is honoring his morals to persuade as much as he can to get the jury on the right side, instead of what feels right to them. This action is essential for viewers to
The mob tried to hurt Atticus to try to get to Tom. Atticus does not get upset about it, as he stated, “He might have hurt me a little, but son you’ll understand folks a little better when you get older.” Even though, Mr.Cunningham tried hurt Atticus, Atticus still told his children that, “Mr.Cunningham is a great friend he just has a few blind spots.” When Atticus decided that he was going to defend Tom Robinson, he knew it was not going to be easy. Atticus could find a way to turn a negative situation into a positive
To Kill a Mockingbird is a well know book that elaborates on racial, and social equality. Harper Lee authored, and published this book in July of 1960. The book is about a father with two curious children named Jeremy, and Scout. They learn many life lessons throughout the novel, helping them understand the state of racial and social inequality. Atticus their father is very educated, and a wise man.
With pathos, an emotional argument, Atticus’ speech becomes powerful enough to have the audience feel a sense of guilt of Mayella and pity for Tom Robinson. Atticus’ beginning part of his speech tells the courthouse audience to understand the true purpose of this case, which eventually leads up to the morals of Tom and the courthouse. “The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is.” (271) Atticus is pointing out that Tom Robinson is not guilty, but someone else is. This hits the emotions of the audience because it is insinuating that Bob Ewell could be the one who abused Mayella.