The Reality of To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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The Reality of To Kill A Mockingbird

The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, takes place during a racially intense time in history. Harper Lee’s novel was intended to bring a harsh sense of reality to the real world, and demonstrate how it really was during this time in history. This novel is set in Maycomb, Alabama, somewhere during the time period of 1925-1935. Times were hard for the citizens of Maycomb during this period, because of the depression. There are many fictional events in this novel related to non-fictional racial events in history.

Leading the list of racial crimes would be hate crimes, such as lynching. Hate crimes are violent acts against people, property, or organizations due to the group to which they
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Although the actual number of lynchings declined after 1892, the percentage of Black victims increased. (Gibson 1) There are 2805 documented victims of lynch mobs killed between 1882 and 1930 in ten southern states. Although mobs murdered almost 300 white men and women, the vast majority of almost 2,500 lynching victims were African-American. Of these black victims, 94 percent died in the hands of white lynch mobs. The scale of this carnage means that, on the average, a black man, woman, or child was murdered nearly once a week, every week, between 1882 and 1930 by a hate-driven white mob. (Braziel 1)

On top of lynching, African American’s had to deal with hate groups, such as the Klu Klux Klan. William Joseph Simmons founded the second Ku Klux Klan in 1915 atop Stone Mountain, Georgia. Middle-class whites filled the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan. Many had worked hard to achieve a measure of economic independence, which they feared they might lose in an increasingly industrialized society. The typical 1920s Klansman managed or owned a small business known as a "mom and pop" store. They feared "socialism" and loudly denounced anything considered "communist." The Klan achieved considerable political power in several states, including Indiana, Colorado, and Oklahoma. (Klu Klux Klan 1) Ku Klux Klan membership peaked in early 1924. Total figures depended on who was being
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