What Is The Impact Of Racism In The 1900's

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Have you ever wondered what the impacts of racism were in the 1900’s? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper lee shows you the answer to just that question through beautiful and highly visual storytelling. Scout Finch, the main narrator, describes her life living as a six year old in Maycomb County Alabama, during the Great Depression. She goes through a number of events that change her and other’s view of the world through a trial destined to make an innocent black man guilty. Harper Lee goes into the details of the impacts of racism through plot, point of view, and characters.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, a man named Bob Ewell accuses a black man named Tom Robinson of raping his daughter. They bring it to court and Scout’s father, Atticus, becomes
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Atticus is an example of a character that tries to bring equality to Maycomb, while Bob Ewell and Aunt Alexandra are two characters that think Maycomb is fine the way it is now. Atticus believes that all people should be equal, in the court at least. He says "But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court. . . Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal" (205). Bob Ewell is a man that does not think everyone is equal and thinks that Maycomb is fine the way that it is now. It can be seen through this quote he says; “Why, I run for Tate quick as I could. I knowed who it was, all right, lived down yonder in that nigger-nest, passed the house every day. Jedge, I’ve asked this county for fifteen years to clean out that nest down yonder, they’re dangerous to live around ‘sides devaluin’ my property” (177). Aunt Alexandra is similar to Bob Ewell, but hides it more. This can be seen through this quote; “Grandma says it's bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he's turned out a nigger-lover we'll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb agin. He's ruinin' the family, that's what he's doin'" (85). Through these characters, Harper Lee shows the racial stereotypes in Maycomb and how they affect the
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