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To Kill A Mockingbird

Background Knowledge

Although To Kill A Mockingbird is set in the 1930s, it was actually published in the 1960s.  Therefore, it is wise to have an understanding of both time periods.

In the filing cabinet you can find:

  • a word document that gives background on Ruby Bridges (1950s+)
  • a powerpoint outlining Southern Culture in the 1930s
Other useful links are:
  • Telegraph - Herald newspaper article on Scottsboro Trials  - believed to be the basis of the novel's court case
  • The Florence Times article on the Scottsboro Trials
  • The Afro American article on the Scottsboro Trials
  • a youtube video on the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Nate Lehman's grandmother was on the same bus as Rosa Parks) (1950s+)
  • a website page listing the Jim Crow laws and etiquette - some harrowing information on lynching included (1877+)
  • the official website of Ruby Bridges

Pre-reading

Here are two links to video versions of "Strange Fruit". The first shows Billie Holiday singing and the second is a clearer version, but only the audio. Text of the song/poem is here.

"Telephone Conversation" is a poem by Wole Soyinka. In the 1930s Jamaicans (West Indians) were invited to reside in the UK and take jobs - mainly in the Service sector - that were not being filled by the British.  However, many of them faced discrimination.

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