Life in the 1930's By Nathan Weis

Life in the 1930's had some ups and downs. The population in the U.S. started to grow and grow as the previous years went by, but awful things have happened ever since. Many events have passed through the 30's like The Great Depression, Plessy vs. Ferguson, Civil Rights Movement, The New Deal, and many other events that have happened. These 4 events will be included as the readers understand how these events effected Harper Lee.

The Great Depression was an economic slump in North America, Europe, and other industrialized areas of the world that began in 1929 and lasted until about 1939. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world. Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird " is a fictional story that reflects the harsh realities of the Great Depression, and is based off her own experiences growing up in a small, poor town.

The Great Depression

The New Deal was the domestic program of the administration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1939, which took action to bring about immediate economic relief as well as reforms in industry, agriculture, finance, water power, labor, and housing, vastly increasing the scope of the federal government’s activities. Harper Lee based the book To Kill a Mockingbird in the time period when Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of United States. In the book, Atticus, a lawyer is paid in goods and services instead of money for his duties in court.

The New Deal

Civil Rights Movement, mass protest movement against racial segregation and discrimination in the southern United States that came to national prominence during the mid-1950's. This movement had its roots in the centuries-long efforts of African slaves and their descendants to resist racial oppression and abolish the institution of slavery. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930's, when segregation was legal. The novel was published in 1960, in the middle of the civil rights movement. Throughout the novel, young Scout Finch, with the help of her father Atticus, learns how to walk around in others' shoes and see life from their perspectives.

Civil Rights Movement

Plessy and Ferguson was a landmark constitutional law case of the US Supreme Court. It upheld state racial segregation laws for public facilities under the doctrine of "separate but equal". On June 7, 1892, 30-year-old Homer Plessy was jailed for sitting in the "White" car of the East Louisiana Railroad. Plessy could easily pass for white but under Louisiana law, he was considered black despite his light complexion and therefore required to sit in the "Colored" car. This part of his story was in "To Kill a Mockingbird".

Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a fantastic story because it's a type of story that would really grab a readers attention. The events are critical and that's what makes the story so great.

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