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To Kill a Mockingbird (Growing up White/Black in the South)

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Matthew Balbierer

on 11 February 2014

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird (Growing up White/Black in the South)

1.) What does Mrs. Barge know about her ancestry? How does she talk about her family?

Most of her ancestors are slaves
Her grandmother and grandfather met as slaves
Her mother grew up on a plantation

2.) What were her and her family's living conditions like?

Two room house
No electricity
Growing up Black in the 1930’s
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5.) What kinds of jobs were available to black people in the south?
6.) Were black people allowed to vote?

No, african Americans weren't even allowed to register to vote

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?

"No, you shouldn't put people into categories. Many of those bus drivers treated us badly. We disliked them and made fun of them behind their backs. But some of them were good men who were polite and considerate and would even hold the bus for us when they knew we were late. No, not all black people are the same and not all white people are the same."
3.) What were these ladies' first experiences with black people?

4.) Did these white ladies ever play with their black peers?
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"?

The three ladies (Cecil, Mary Ann, and Camille) were very free and adventurous.
They remembered that they weren't allowed to say certain words.
They way they were brought up was a little bit strict.

Mrs. Barge led a "sheltered life."
She recalled that she never really felt discriminated against when she was a child.

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"?
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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?

4.)What was school like for Mrs. Barge?
Growing up Black in the 1930's Questions
1.) What do these three ladies have in common about their ancestry? How do they talk about their families?

They are all white southerners that said their family's were very respectful.

2.) What were the three ladies living conditions like?

They're living conditions were very good for that time period
They were very privileged and went to a good school
They had many toys, such as dolls and dollhouses, that many families during that time wouldn't have been able to afford
They weren't restricted to wearing certain clothes, and they were well cared for
They had a servant that cared for them
2.) The ladies in "Growing up White in the 1930's" talk about what made a "good family" in the South. What do they say makes a "good family"?

A good family was any family that:
Had a father that was gainfully employed
Had one or two servants for everyone
Everyone was a good Church member
Had a cook
Had a nurse and a yardman
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Growing up Black in the 1930's
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Domestic work and Labor
Nursing and teaching
Private cooks
Worked in mine factories
Delivery boys
Elevator operators
Compare and contrast the three ladies' families to Mrs. Barges family, explain the similarities and differences.
They all know a little about their ancestry
They all grew up with their families
They all attended school
The three ladies family members didn't grow up in slavery
They went to a nice school
They had a lot of land to live on
They're father was gainfully employed
They had three or four workers taking care of the house
Mrs. Barge had family grow up in slavery
She didn't have much contact with many white people
Mrs. Barge didn't get much independence from her parents, and lived a very sheltered life
Mrs. Barge's family was very poor during the Depression
How do you think Mrs. Barge would describe a "good family"?

Mrs. Barge would probably say that a "good family" would include:
Everyone would live together
They would all love and respect each other
They wouldn't have everything just what they needed
They would survive off of hard work and love
They would all be faithful to the Church

Based on your explanation, would Mrs. Barge's family be considered a "good family"? Why or why not?

Mrs. Barge's family would not be considered a good family to the three ladies, but they would have passed her own standards. A "good family" shouldn't need to have servants, nurses, and yardmen to be considered a good family. They only have to love and respect each other no matter what happens to them.
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