To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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Have you ever wondered what is what like to be living in the time period of the early 1900’s? Well in this book you learn the reality of this tough time. Harper Lee, used her real life experiences to write a reality novel of To Kill a Mockingbird. Jim Crow laws, mob mentality, and the Scottsboro trials are all connections to the inspiration of the book. The first reference made in To Kill a Mockingbird is the presence of the Jim Crow laws that has a great connection to America’s past. Jim Crow is a law that had a grudge or disagreement against blacks during the early 1900’s. People thought Jim crow was necessary and important because they believed white’s were the chosen one and black’s were just there to serve. They also believed that this law would keep black men away from white women otherwise, they would be accused of rape. Black’s were not allowed to have the same public transportation, bathrooms, restops, etc. They had to be separated somehow. If, they did not follow the rules then they would be beaten by whites, or arrested. They could also get brutally lynched or have their home destroyed which would make them homeless ( Pilgrim ). The “Jumping Jim Crow” pictures represents Jim crow because it describes how african americans are not treated as equal as whites, more as if they are animals (V.E.). The town of Maycomb, Alabama townsfolk obey the rules of the Jim Crow laws. One example used in the book is when in chapter 12, The children go to church with Calpurnia.

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