An insight into life in America in the 1930s including an overview of the real life story that inspired Harper Lee to create the character Tom Robinson. Life in South America in the 1930s is represented through black and white photographs, cinematic footage and references to political and social developments as narrator Andy Kershaw paints a picture of the society inhabited by Harper Lee when writing the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Kershaw refers to the Ku Klux Klan and the strong sense of racial inequality even following the American government's abolition of slavery and discusses how ineffectual this was for everyday people living in Southern American states. The story of nine black men in the 1930s falsely accused of the rape of two white women inspired Harper Lee to create her character Tom Robinson.
Useful as an introduction to Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.
Useful for wider topic: 1960s American literature.
Works well with clips: The historical and contextual background of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.
Gives insight into 1930s America and the African-American civil rights movement.
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