Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird: Faith's PresentationPresentation Transcript
TO KILL A
Troy University English 1102
Introduction of Harper Lee
Nelle Harper Lee was born April 28,
1926. She is an American novelist
known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-
winning novel “To Kill a
Mockingbird”, which deals with the
issues of racism that she observed as a
child in her hometown of Monroeville,
Alabama. Despite being Lee's only
published book, it led to her being
awarded the Presidential Medal of
Freedom for her contribution to
Harper Lee Continued…
As a child, Lee was a tomboy, and a precocious
Harper Lee grew up in Alabama and was the
daughter of a lawyer. She was also educated in the
To Kill a Mockingbird and Realality.
Tim Robinson is
falsely accused of
rapping a white
Boys case reveals
treatment of blacks.
Nine teenage boys
are also falsely
accused of rapping
two white women.
To Kill a Mockingbird Realality
Tim Robinson’s Case The Scottsboro Boys Case
Harper Lee’s is influenced by the
Lee was only five years old when, in April 1931 in
the small Alabama town of Scottsboro, the first
trials began with regard to the purported rapes of
two white women by nine young black men. The
defendants, who were nearly lynched before being
brought to court, were not provided with the
services of a lawyer until the first day of trial.
Despite medical testimony that the women had not
been raped, the all-white jury found the men guilty
of the crime and sentenced all but the youngest, a
twelve-year-old boy, to death.
The Great Depression
To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930s in
Maycomb, a fictional, rural town in Alabama, in
the United States. Maycomb County, as the
author describes it, is in a state of economic
decline. Communication with outlying houses
depend on dirt roads, and all the county
inhabitants, whether professional people or
farmers, are poor.
The Great Depression
The Jim Crow laws were racial segregation laws enacted between 1876 and 1965 in the
United States at the state and local level.
Some examples of Jim Crow laws are the segregation of public schools, public places,
and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants, and drinking
fountains for whites and blacks.
Harper Lee’s childhood experiences of growing up in the Deep South of
Alabama, influenced her famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.