Inspiration Behind the Novel To Kill a Mockingbird

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Inspiration Behind the Novel To Kill a Mockingbird Before the fourteenth amendment was passed, there was discrimination and racial prejudice all around the United States. To Kill a Mockingbird explored these unfair treatment to the blacks. The conviction of the Scottsboro Boys and the laws that discriminated against African-Americans known as the Jim Crow laws inspired Harper Lee to write To Kill a Mockingbird which explored the racial prejudice during the 1930’s. Lee goes in depth about the moral nature of human especially the struggle between discrimination and tolerance. During these years, the United States of America was shaken by what is now we call the Great Depression. The Great Depression was caused by the downfall of the stock market, bank failures and drought conditions. These factors caused tension between the whites and blacks. . The whites were hostile against black because they are now competing for the same jobs. The blacks were resentful to whites because they are being pushed out of what is considered the “black jobs”. A state and local laws were executed in the United States during 1876 to 1965. These laws called the Jim Crow Laws was designed to keep the black man in his place and emphasizing his inferiority. Jim Crow Laws were presented in the novel To Kill A Parreno 2 Mockingbird during the trial of Tom Robinson who is a black man accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. The extent of the prejudice is shown when they court was segregated: the white section and the “colored balcony”. The whites sat in the first floor where they could clearly see everything. And the blacks was cramped in the balcony. Jen and Scout, Atticus’s children were watching
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