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How to kill a mockingbird

Growing up White/Black in the South

Arielle McCarthy

on 5 February 2013

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Growing up White/Black in the South
Arielle & Brianna How To Kill a Mockingbird "Growing up Black in the 1930s" 1. What does Mrs. Barge know about her ancestry? How does she talk about her family?
Mrs. Barge knows lot of her ancestry, she talked about her family like her family is one of lucky family who were black and got married and had more privileges than the others.

2. What were her and her family's living conditions like?
They lived in small town named, Birmingham area. They work to get money, they re fully farmers. The houses were all shotgun houses, mostly two-room places. No electricity, could not use a radio until about 1940.

3. When was the first time she noticed a difference between the lives of black people and the lives of white people? From Mrs. Barge's account, what do you think is the most astounding difference?
When Mrs. Barge started schooling and she was told she could not go to certain parks, could not swim in certain places and when her mother started works for white people. Questions 1. Please compare the three ladies' backgrounds from "Growing up White in the 1930s." How do their backgrounds differ from Mrs. Barge's background from "Growing up Black in the 1930s"?
Their race and their lifestyles. Mrs. Barge grew up under the pressure of discrimation and the three ladies grew up with lots of rules, but none of them are that bad like what the colored people are facing at that time.
2. The ladies in "Growing up White in the 1930s" talk about what made a "good family" in the South. What do they say makes a "good family"? How do you think Mrs. Barge would describe a "good family"? Compare and contrast the three ladies' families to Mrs. Barges family, explain the similarities and differences. Based on your explanation, would Mrs. Barge's family be considered a "good family"? Why or why not?
Mrs. Barge believes there is no a "good family" because every families are different in their ways and the three ladies believe that a "good family" have a job, cook, nurse, and a yardman. 4. What was school like for Mrs. Barge?
The school was like domestic work and labor like laundering, nursing, or teaching for women.

5. What kind of jobs were available to black people in the South?
Mostly black women worked as cooks in private homes or restaurants, as maids in private homes or businesses. Men worked in the mines, in factories, as delivery boys, carpenters, and bricklayers. They could operate elevators, but they couldn't become firemen or policemen or salesmen.

6. Were black people allowed to vote?
They weren't allowed to register to vote. Even though, if they were a schoolteacher for twenty years, they didn't register to vote until the late sixties.

7. Mrs. Barge clearly has a different opinion of white people than her father does. What does she say that proves this? How does her perception of white people differ from her father's? Why do you think that is?
Mrs. Barge’s farther thinks that all white are in same categories and Mrs. Barge thinks different. She said, “No, not all black people are the same and not all white people are the same.” "Growing up Black in the 1930s" 3. List the occupations available to black women in the South in the 1930s according to Mrs. Barge's interview. How did these occupations influence Mrs. Barge's perception of white people? How did these occupations influence the perception of black people according to the three ladies' accounts from "Growing up White in the 1930s"?
Mrs. Barge realized that people like her are considered as pleasants and she felt highly offended by the white people and the three ladies realized that they aren't supposed to mingle with the colored people and their behavior changed toward them.
4. Mrs. Barge ends her interview on a positive note by saying "you shouldn't put people into categories." Make a prediction based on these interviews about how Calpurnia might feel about the Finches. Why? Questions 1. What do these three ladies have in common about their ancestry? How do they talk about their families?
They all came from the same place and they are southern girls that were raised by families that don't hate black people.
2. What were the three ladies living conditions like?
Very strict, they have to follow the rules all the time.
3. What were these ladies' first experiences with black people?
They were young and their neighbors were colored and they played with them all the time.
4. Did these white ladies ever play with their black peers?
They did play with black children when they were young. "Growing up White in the 1930s"
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