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CLIP 10943

To Kill a Mockingbird - the Historical Context

To Kill a Mockingbird - the Historical Context
Key Info
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - the Historical Context
  • Duration: 00:00:03
  • 'To Kill A Mockingbird' begins with an idyllic view of small town Alabama, but soon goes on to expose the ingrained racism and racial segregation extensive in small town America during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The book also highlights the presence at that time of the hate group known as the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Subject:



    Fiction Post 1900: World

  • Keywords: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ku Klux Klan, racial discrimination, Alabama, social context, historical context
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful as an introduction to Harper Lee's novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Useful for the wider topic of 1960s American literature. Background material around 1930s America and the Civil Rights Movement.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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