Sometimes these days we lose track of the history of our country and the world. Throughout history there have been many forms of racism against different groups. There were many forms of that here in our country depending on where you lived. In the northeast United States you had the Italian Catholics, on the west coast you had the Chinese, but there’s one thing the whole country had in common. The majority of the US population segregated and was racist toward the African American race. Our current generation never was confronted with the racism in the early history of our country. The only way we can really know is by the written works in many great pieces ...view middle of the document...
(Asante & Mattson pg. 39) That wasn’t the only thing happening. This period was also the time of the revitalized Ku Klux Klan. After the Great World War it kickstarted and started to spread across the United States. (Baughman pg.201) In turn the caused the rise of lynching in not only the south but the entire country, although these numbers were greatest in the south. (Asante & Mattson [g/100-101) These men and women who performed these actions were for the majority let free because they were white.
Another example of the similarities of racism in To Kill A Mockingbird is how they were placed in schools during that time period. In To Kill A Mockingbird they talked about black kids in multiple occasions but none of them went to school. Chances are is that there wasn’t a black school for them to go to. There was a school that Scout and Jem went to, but it was only filled with the white kids. There is some history to this. Believe it or not after the Civil War the African American’s were free from slavery but that didn’t mean that they had equal chances or even equal education.
Eventually as time went on even this started to change as African Americans were being let into schools all over the country. Martha Lum although was an exception. She wanted to get into Rosedale High School in Mississippi. She was denied entrance because of her race being colored and decided to try and sue the state. She lost the battle and had to go to the colored school. (Baughman pg.245) The decider in this case was the president of the Unites States William Taft. That just shows you that the segregation ranged from the small town farmer all the way up to the wealthy leaders of our country.
One of my last points in this essay is the involvement of the kid’s Aunt Alexandria in the story. She was an old fashioned lady with old fashioned thoughts. She tries to turn Scout into a lady and she resents her for that. She comes around to her though when she finds out her aunt is always defending Atticus’s honor. Alexandria represents the common southern women of the time. (Bloom pg.19) She resents the fact...