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To Kill a Mockingbird Introduction Experiment
Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird Introduction Experiment
Mockingbird by Born April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama
Descendant of Confederate general Robert E. Lee
She studied law at the University of Alabama, but never finished
Worked as an airline ticket agent for several years
For a Christmas present, she was given a year of full financial support so she could write her novel 1930's The great depression Heated race relations Scottsboro boys Hitler "Black Tuesday" October 29, 1929
The "Great Crash"
Unemployment up to 25%
Lasted until about 1939 when factory production during WWII kicked into high gear to fulfill weapons orders overseas 1933:
Nazis come into power
Jews are removed from all government, state, and cultural positions.
Jews were segregated in restaurants and schools. Jewish professors were dismissed from their jobs. Jim Crow Refers to a set of laws, as well as a system of etiquette, defining how different races should interact.
Mainly found in the Southern and border states, although they did exist all over the U.S. Examples:
Buses: All passenger stations in this stage operated by any motor transportation company shall have separate waiting rooms or space and separate ticket windows for the white and colored races.
Education: The schools for white children and the schools for negro children shall be conducted seperately.
Burial: The officer in charge shall not bury, or allow to be buried, any colored persons upon ground set apart or used for the burial of white persons.
Amateur Baseball: It shall be unlawful for any amateur white baseball team to play baseball on any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of a playground devoted to the Negro race, and it shall be unlawful for any amateur colored baseball team to play in any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of any playground devoted to the white race. March 25, 1931: Nine African American boys were riding a train in Alabama, and got into a fight with a group of white boys, whom they outnumbered. They ended up kicking the boys off the train. When the train stopped in Paint Rock, the boys had a posse waiting for them, as the boys who had been kicked off the train reported them for assault.
The posse also found a pair of girls: Ruby Bates and Victoria Price. These girls accused the nine African American boys of raping them.
This began a series of legal battles that lasted almost two decades, as the boys were declared guilty time again on very little, all circumstantial evidence, and appeal after appeal was filed. Many Jewish professors realized that there was nothing left for them in Germany, and fled to the U.S. They were welcomed into African American universities.
From an article on PBS.org:
"In many ways, these scholars discovered that the American South was not unlike Germany had been in the mid-1930s before mass murder became the policy of the German state" Parallels:
Grew up in Monroeville, AL. A small rural town
Father was a lawyer who served on the state legislature
Truman Capote- a famous writer- was a close childhood friend and playmate
Six years old when the Scottsboro trials were being covered meticulously by newspapers Questions? This book requires a mature, thoughtful class, ready to challenge the status quo. I'm looking forward to hearing your reactions...