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To Kill a Mockingbird - the Civil Rights Movement

To Kill a Mockingbird - the Civil Rights Movement
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Key Info
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - the Civil Rights Movement
  • Duration: 00:00:03
  • The historical and cultural context of the time in which Harper Lee was writing 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is examined. The presenter talks to a woman for whom the book struck a chord. The true story of a black boy who was murdered for whistling at a white woman in 1955 is recounted. The civil rights movement gained momentum over the next few years and the book sold millions. Martin Luther King was killed in 1968 and segregation was outlawed in the same year.
  • Subject:

    English

       Topic:

    Fiction Post 1900: World

  • Keywords: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, civil rights movement, discrimination, historical context, social 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 about 1950s America and the Civil Rights Movement.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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