Historical Influences In To Kill A Mockingbird

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When reading books, readers will occasionally find that some books will have historical influences in them. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee there are three different historical influences. Lee used real life historical events in her book To Kill A Mockingbird to help make her story more Inspirational. The three different historical influences that Lee used were mob mentality, Jim Crow laws, and the Scottsboro trial. The first historical influence in Lee’s book is the Jim Crow laws. Jim Crow are the rules set upon black people to take their rights away. White folk thought that they needed Jim Crow because they wanted to remain superior. White folk also believed that they were the chosen ones. A few examples of Jim Crow are that black people could never say that a white person was lying, even if they were. Black people had separate, hospitals, ect. If there was any sexual interactions between a black and a white person it was illegal. These are just a few of the unfair laws, but if they broke one of these laws the punishments were unimaginable. The whites believed that violence must be used to keep the whites superior, and the blacks were arrested for crimes they didn't do. If a black person disobeyed one of the Jim Crow laws they would risk their jobs, homes, and their lives. One of the worst punishments when a black person would disobey one of the laws were Lynchings. Lynchings were public murders that were sadistic and hosted by mobs(Pilgrim). The

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