Intro Notes for To Kill a Mockingbird

Intro Notes for To Kill a Mockingbird

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Intro Notes for To Kill a Mockingbird Nelle Harper Lee Born 1926 Died February 2016 To Kill a Mockingbird

Published in 1960 Pulitzer Prize 1961 2015 Go Set a Watchman published GSAW tells the story of 26 year-old Jean Louise Scout

Finch GSAW first draft of TKAM Publishers asked for the story of young Scout Parallels between Lees childhood and the novel

Grew up in 1930s Rural southern town of Monroeville, AL Father was a lawyer

Older brother Childhood friend, Truman Capoteworked together as adults, too Voracious reader and tomboy Mothers maiden name Finch Monroeville = Maycomb Monroeville in the 1930s

Truman Capote = Dill Amasa Coleman Lee = Atticus Historical Context: Scottsboro Boys

March 25, 1931, freight train stops in Northern Alabama 9 black teenagers arrested, ages 12-19 2 white women accuse the boys of rape Names: Roy Wright, Olen Montgomery, Clarence Norris, Haywood Patterson, Ozie Powell, Willie Roberson, Charlie Weems, Eugene Williams, and Andy Wright

Many of the boys remained on death row for years Case settled in 1976 with pardon of last defendants Jury ignores evidence: no injuries Emmett Till

1955 14 year-old boy From Chicago visiting Mississippi Flirts with a white female cashier Days later, 2 white men kidnap, beat, and murder him White men on trial for murder, but acquitted by an all-white, male

jury Launched the Civil Rights Movement To Kill a Mockingbird This book has been considered one of the major civil rights books of the 20th century However, not everyone agrees

Book vilifies racist characters, but also includes white people using the Nword Over the unit, you will be reading differing opinions on these issues and will decide for yourself Being uncomfortable with history is not means to change it. People need to figure out how to confront issues. Chris Sergel

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