This page includes photos of the Scottsboro Boys, their accusers, and the trial. It comes from a website with many more primary and secondary sources about the Scottsboro case. The images give life to the historical persons involved in the case. This obituary of Harper Lee provides a detailed summary of her life and accomplishments, including the context behind the writing of To Kill a Mockingbird. This article describes the important controversy that arose in , when HarperCollins announced they would be publishing a long-lost sequel to Mockingbird. Doubts arose as to whether the elderly Lee was mentally competent to make such a decision. This newspaper article describes the challenges that still persist in making education accessible to rural Alabama residents, revealing that many challenges hinted at in Mockingbird are still ongoing. Harper Lee was a notoriously reclusive writer and stopped granting interviews several years after the publication of Mockingbird.
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To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in The Southern Gothic style is one that employs the use of macabre, ironic events to examine the values of the American South. Unlike its parent genre, it uses the Gothic tools not solely for the sake of suspense, but to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the American South — Gothic elements often taking place in a magic realist context rather than a strictly fantastical one.
Posted by Adam Strom on April 16, There are phrases you hear so often that they begin to lose their meaning. The words become part of a series, like "bite the dust" or "have a blast. The first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird was as a student in the 8th grade. Memories are tricky, but as I recall we never talked about the title, or much else, in the book. The most memorable assignment my teacher gave us was to watch the film version on one of the local television stations.
When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out. I said if he wanted to take a broad view of the thing, it really began with Andrew Jackson. We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight, so we consulted Atticus. Our father said we were both right. Being Southerners , it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings. All we had was Simon Finch , a fur-trapping apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess. In England, Simon was irritated by the persecution of those who called themselves Methodists at the hands of their more liberal brethren, and as Simon called himself a Methodist, he worked his way across the Atlantic to Philadelphia, thence to Jamaica, thence to Mobile , and up the Saint Stephens. He returned to Saint Stephens only once, to find a wife, and with her established a line that ran high to daughters.