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To Kill A Mockingbird Introduction
Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird Introduction
-As a child, Lee was what we would call a "tomboy." She fought on the playground, talked back to teachers, was bored with school and resisted any sort of conformity. The character of Scout in the novel also exhibits many of these characteristics. The 1930s were a turbulent time for race relations in America. Racism was as strong as ever in the Southern states, prompting many African-Americans to move further north in hopes of finding more tolerant conditions. Blacks in the south had virtually no say in political decisions and the justice system was notoriously biased against African-Americans. During this time, lynchings were common, in which an accused criminal was hung by a "lynch mob" prior to receiving a trial. -Lee was childhood friends with Truman Capote, who would later go on to become a very famous author, himself. The character of Dill is said to have been inspired by Capote.
-Lee's father was a title lawyer who once defended two black men accused of murdering a white storekeeper. Both clients, a father and son, were hanged. The Scottsboro Boys were nine black teenage boys falsely accused of raping in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931. The boys were found guilty by an all-white jury and the case sparked widespread criticism, raising questions about the likelihood of African-Americans to receive fair trials.