Some Historical Background To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Jim Crow Laws (“Separate but Equal”). Plessy v. Ferguson 1896 The Plessy decision set the precedent that "separate" facilities for blacks and whites were constitutional as long as they were "equal.".
In the Scottsboro trial, nine black boys were accused of the rape of two white girls. The court of Alabama sentenced the boys to death. Eventually all but two were paroled, but their trials and mistrials spanned years with the boys serving in prison and losing their youth to incarceration.
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By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 3:00 a.m.
At the Bunch of Grapes bookstore on Martha's Vineyard, the sojourning President Barack Obama bought a few books, including “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. It was for his daughter, but it may have also conjured a sweet memory for the beleaguered president. Only a couple of years ago, when he was campaigning, Obama inspired comparisons with the noble lawyer Atticus Finch.
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