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To Kill A Mockingbird

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on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird

Introduction to: To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee
Jim Crow Laws
State and local laws that declared segregation was legal, under the clause of "seperate but equal"
Many of these laws were overruled by
by the Civil Rights act
Examples of the Jim Crow Laws:
- Seperate drinking fountains
- Segregated schools
- Public transportation
The Civil Rights Movement
Time Period: 1880's-1960's
Harper Lee
TKAM Background
- Born in Monroeville, Alabama
- Youngest of 4 children
- Grew up a tomboy
Important childhood friend: Truman Capote
Went to an all-female college: Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL
Moved to New York City at the age of 23 to pursue her love of writing
Wrote TKAM in a year, when she was given the time off from her job
Completed in 1959, TKAM was published
July 11, 1960.
Won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
in 1961 (immediate best seller)
In 1999 TKAM was voted
"Best Novel of the Century"
by Library Fiction
TKAM is an autobiography, as many of the
events spoken about, Lee witnessed in her
own childhood
TKAM is Lee's only Novel
In 1965, the Civil Rights Act marked the end of racial segregation
Called for by President John F. Kennedy, following the African American protests
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