The context of To Kill a Mocking Bird

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1. The time Frame it focuses on. The great depression.

1.1. The Great Depression was an economic depression the effect the worldwide community. It occurred from 1929 to 1945 after World War II.

1.2. The economical crash resulted in people losing their jobs, suicides, homeless and people going hungry.

1.3. There was a great separation between the rich and poor and their incomes.

1.4. Maycomb was a rural town in southern Alabama. It was hit hard by the great depression and as said in the book, there was nothing to buy and no money to buy it with.

1.5. The great depression affected farmers the most. This is clear in the novel as the Cunningham's, who are farmers are poor and have little.

1.5.1. Also seen in the book, Atticus leaves the landing to become a lawyer as the income for farming was not sufficient enough.

1.6. Also shown in the novel, a large percentage of people had no money so they payed people in different ways. The most common way was food.

2. The Scottsbro case

2.1. A group of black men were accused of raping and attacking white folk. They were sentenced to death in Scottsbro, Alabama. There was a retrial and during that white folk admitted that they had made up the stories. Despise this, the black men were still sentenced to 75 years in prison.

2.2. The case occurred during the great depression. This was a time when life was terrible if you were a black person as you were hatted by nearly all white folk.

2.3. If a black man was accused of a crime, there was little hope of becoming free as it was a very racial time and all of the juries had white folk. This is explored in the novel.

2.4. The case occurred during harpers Lees childhood , which greatly influenced the events that occurred in the novel.

3. The Life of Harper Lee

3.1. The Character of Dill is Based on Truman Capote. He was Harpers Lee's friend during her childhood.

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3.2. She grew up during the 1930's in Alabama

3.3. Her father was a lawyer

3.4. She was interested in Literature in high school which continued into college.

3.5. Boo Radley is based on one of her neighbours.

3.6. When she was 10 years old, a black man was accused of raping a white woman and was sentenced to death. It was then discovered that the accusation was false and instead, he was sentenced to life in prison.

3.7. Her father was assigned to defend two black men in 1919

4. The time frame in which the novel was written. Civil rights movement.

4.1. The Civil Rights Movement were social movements that tried to abolish discrimination against African Americans and to give them rights.

4.2. This mainly occured between 1955 to 1968

4.3. Racism was a part of life during the 1950s

4.4. Matin Luther King and Rosa Parks were major contributors to the civil rights movement.

4.5. Harper Lee wrote to kill a mocking bird during this time and by doing so , she gives the reader an insight into the what life was like and how the civil rights movement influenced people in that time.

5. The setting of the Novel: Alabama

5.1. Alabama was a cotton producing state and several slaves worked on the plantations. After the civil war, many black people statyed as there was work for them to do.

5.2. The white population saw themselves as superior and the blacks as inferior. This lead to racism which is clear throughout the novel.

5.3. Alabama is a highly christian state which has major influencing on the way of life.

5.4. Women in Alabama were expected to follow certain customs that involved being well mannered, good at embroidery and lady like. This is explored in To Kill a Mockingbird, as Aunt Alexandra wants scout to become a proper Lady.

5.5. Souther pride is also a cultural norm. Those who showed pride in themselves had no problem insulting those who were inferior. As shown in the novel, the coloured folk are treated poorly but also people such as the Cunningham’s because they are poor and dirty.