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Comparison of Scottsboro Trials and To Kill a Mockingbird

Comparison of Scottsboro Trials and To Kill a Mockingbird
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Chase Borden

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Scottsboro Trials To Kill a Mockingbird
People Setting people Setting Atticus Mayella Ewell The book To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is said to be inspired by the Scottsboro Trials which took place beginning on March 25, 1931. The majo points of the Trials are that two young white women accused nine black men of assaulting them and raping them on a train. The Scottsboro Trials are reflected within the book To Kill a Mockingbird -Mayella Ewell is believed to be the representation of both, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates. Mayella embodies both people to create a shy, hostile, yet emotionally unstable person. Samuel Leibowitz Samuel was a huge asset in the Scottsboro Trials. He stood up for what was right and justice. Although he was placed there by the International Labor Defense he did believe in what he was fighting for. He took the case to "defend the basic rights of man." Atticus is such a spot on repersentation of Samuel. He is just, he is kind, he seemed to be soft spoken but strict. The book almost makes Atticus seem too perfect but Harper Lee did a wonderful job creating such an accurate picture of Samuel Liebowitz. The Nine Black Men The nine men accused for raping the two girls during the Scottsboro Trials all came from slitely differents walks of life. Only one could read and write, a few knew each other before the incident but the others did not. Tom Robinson Tom Robinson took charicteristics from all nine of the accused. He was literate to some degree; Tom also was a well built, solid man with physical weak points. Paint Rock, Alabama Paint Rock is where the nine men were taken off of the train and taken to Scottsboro, Alabama. Scottsboro, Alabama Scottsboro was a smaller city in the early 1930's, on March 25 the Governor had to call in the National Guard to protect the prisioners from the outraged white population in Alabama. Maycomb, Alabama Although maycomb is a fictional city, it holds many similarities to Scottsboro at the time. The Governor did not have to call in the National Guard in To Kill a Mockingbird but Atticus did sit infront of the prison to protect Tom Robinson. Everyone in Maycomb knows everyone else, as was in Scottsboro. "American Experience | Scottsboro: An American Tragedy | People & Events." PBS. Web. 11 May 2010. . . <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/peopleevents/p_bates.html>.

"American Experience | Scottsboro: An American Tragedy | People & Events." PBS. Web. 11 May 2010. . <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/peopleevents/p_leibowitz.html>.

"American Experience | Scottsboro: An American Tragedy | People & Events." PBS. Web. 11 May 2010. . <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/peopleevents/p_montgomery.html>.

"American Experience | Scottsboro: An American Tragedy | Timeline." PBS. Web. 11 May 2010. . . . . . <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/timeline/index.html>.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. Print.

Release, After His. "American Experience | Scottsboro: An American Tragedy | People & Events." PBS. . Web. 11 May 2010. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/peopleevents/p_norris.html>. The Scottsboro Trials influenced Harper Lee to write To Kill a Mockingbird because she grew up around it, she lived in the conflict and pain. Lee experienced through the eyes of a young girl the effects of lies and how much suffering comes from them. I think when she grew up enough to reflect upon and understand what happened she was compelled to write about how a nine year old girl sees prejudice, and racism, and gossip. For someone to grow up in a home that is protected by a father who is fair and just, the outside world would be a place of fear and would compelle someone such as Harper Lee to write. Harper Lee was influenced as a child by the Scottsboro Trials and all of their aspects. The people involved had a impact on her and she reflected that impact into her book. These two women are the ones
that accused the nine black men
of raping them. Ruby Bates was 17 at the
time of the accused rapings,
she accused three black men
of raping her. Bates "was
always more vague about
what had happened on the
train." Ruby Bates Victoria Price Scottsboro Scottsboro Scottsboro Scottsboro Scottsboro
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