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To Kill a Mockingbird: Background on the time frame of the book and the author's biography.

Describes time frame in which the novel takes place, the time frame in which it was published, and a general bio of Harper Lee.

Ethan Kuhn

on 25 March 2012

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird: Background on the time frame of the book and the author's biography.

To Kill a Mockingbird Background
The Great Depression
The 1960s and Civil Rights
Harper Lee Biography

The Great Depression
1929 - 1939
Stock market crashed and banks couldn't pay their customers what they owed them;
Didn’t realize the effect it would have until it was too late;
So, why did
this happen?
The Roarin' 20s
The new concept of “credit;”
People were buying:
Fun times reigned:
Why Was This Bad?
Credit system
People didn’t really have the money they were spending

The U.S. was a major credit loaner to other nations in need
Many of these nations could not pay us back
The Stock Market
People bought stocks on MARGINS
If a stock is $100, you can pay $10 now and the rest later when the stock rises.

Stocks fell
Now the person has less than $100 and no money to pay back the bank.

With people panicking about their money, investors tried to sell their stocks.
This led to a huge decline in stocks;
Stocks were worthless now.
People who bought on “margins” now could not pay.
Investors were average people that were now broke.
And Then...
President Hoover
Herbert Hoover was president at the start.
Philosophy: We’ll make it.
What He Did: NOTHING.
The poor were looking for help and no ideas on how to correct or help were coming.
Farmers were already feeling the effects.
Prices of crops went down;
Many farms foreclosed.
People could not afford luxuries.
Factories shut down;
Businesses went out.
Banks could not pay out money.
People could not pay their taxes.
Schools shut down due to lack of funds
Many families became homeless and had to live in shanties.
Many waited in unemployment lines hoping for a job.
People in cities would wait in line for bread to bring to their families.
Some families were forced to relocate because they had no money.
Some families were forced to live in shanty towns.
A grouping of shacks and tents in vacant lots.
They were referred to as “Hooverville” because of President Hoover’s lack of help during the Depression.
The South...
...and the Dust Bowl
A drought in the South lead to dust storms that destroyed crops.
"The Dust Bowl"
The South Was Buried
Because the crops turned to dust,
food could be sent out;

were buried and fields

were blown away;
The South was in a state of emergency;
Dust Bowl

was the
#1 weather crisis
of the 20th century.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
- or -
When he was inaugurated, unemployment had increased by 7 million.
Poor sections, like Harlem in NYC, had 50% of the population unemployed.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
FDR instated the "New Deal."
The Big Deal

People everywhere were affected by the Depression;
It wasn’t until President Roosevelt took over and tried to put the economy back together that people even saw a glimmer of hope.
Major Historical
Jim Crow Laws
Scottsboro Trial
Jim Crow Laws
After the American Civil War, most states in the South passed anti-African American legislation. These became known as Jim Crow laws.
These laws included segregation in:
-- Schools -- Hospitals
-- Theaters -- Water fountains
-- Hotels -- Restaurants
-- Public Transportation
Some states forbid inter-racial marriages.
Jim Crow Laws
These laws were instituted in 1896 and were not abolished till the late 1950s, and even then still not completely.
9 young African-American men, ages 13 - 20, were accused of raping 2 white girls in 1931;
All 9 were immediately sentenced to death;
The trials went on for nearly 15 years before all the men were dismissed.
The Details
Started on a train bound for Memphis, TN;
Several white men boarded and picked a fight with the black men;
The whites were forced off the train by the 9 black men. Angry, the white men reported to the authorities that the black men had raped two white girls on the train;
They were immediately arrested and tried in front of an all-white jury.
The trials caused a huge uproar among the black community.
Harper Lee
Wrote _To Kill a Mockingbird_ in 1960;

Based the story on her life growing up in Monroeville, Alabama;
_TKAM_ was the only novel she ever wrote.
Dill's character is based upon Lee’s actual neighbor, Truman Capote.
Capote is famous for, among other things, _In Cold Blood_ and _Breakfast at Tiffany’s_.
Harper Lee
Harper Lee
In 1962, the novel was turned into a film starring Gregory Peck.
It received an humanitarian award and several Academy Award nominations.
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