To Kill a Mockingbird and the Scottsboro Case:.
Lippincott published Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. In its first year of publication, To Kill a Mockingbird created one of the most extraordinary records in publishing history. It was chosen by three book clubs: Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, the Literary Guild and Book-of-the-Month Club. It sold more than two and a half million copies that first year and went through fourteen printings. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Letters on May 1, 1961. This book is still read by high school students throughout the United States. Although this is a fictitious novel, it bears great similarities to the events that occurred in the South during Lee’s childhood. However, research indicates that Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is very similar to the actual Scottsboro Case in setting, character, and conflict.
The Scottsboro Trial and the trial of Tom Robinson are almost identical. The racism is obvious and is shown throughout both cases, which took place in 1930’s Alabama. The era in which both trials took place was one of hatred and ignorance. The idea that all white people were better than all blacks was a major part of both of these trials. A white person’s word was held to be the truth when it was challenged by someone whom was black. Both trials were perfect examples of how the people of Alabama were .
above the law and could do whatever they wanted to the black people and get away with it. In both trials lynch mobs were formed to threaten the black people who were accused. Judge Hornton tried many times to move the case to a different place so that a fair trial could take place and not be interrupted by the racist people. They were finally allowed to change the location of the trial even though the lynch mobs threatened to kill everyone who was involved in the case if it were to be moved.
Several groups of white and black men rode the trains in the thirties for transportation.