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CLIP 10401

Harper Lee's Inspiration for 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Harper Lee's Inspiration for 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Key Info
  • Harper Lee's Inspiration for 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
  • Duration: 03:37
  • Monroeville is famous as the hometown of author Harper Lee and inspiration for the setting of her only novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird', published during the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Reporter Steve Kingstone visits the courtroom where Harper Lee's father worked as a lawyer, and where Lee watched the cases being argued in front of an all-white jury. At Monroeville Junior High School, the students discuss the book and the changes in society since that time. Although there is no longer segregation, there are still divisions between black and white people in the town. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 20 June 2010. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Fiction Post 1900: World

  • Keywords: America, racism, Harper Lee, segregation, civil rights, novel, English, film, law, prejudice, history, black history, To Kill a Mockingbird
Ideas for use in class
  • As background to the studying the novel and stimulus for discussing the themes. Why does the novel continue to have relevance after 50 years - does the report show that there is more than purely historical importance to studying the book?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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