Convictions of Color

analytical Essay
1806 words
1806 words

Convictions of Color Nelle Harper Lee demonstrates an excellent representation of a harsh time period in her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, which took place in the South between 1925 and 1935. This period was very important in the construction of the South’s economy, although it proved to be exceptionally challenging for African Americans. They had special laws to abide by, were not given the rights that white people held, and were badly mistreated because of the whites’ resentment that black slaves were now free. One primary example of this mistreatment is the case known as the Scottsboro Trials, in which injustice was served on eight black men for a crime that never happened. The following will include factual and fictitious literature and will utilize them with historical evidence to prove that a black person’s fair trial was improbable in the court system of the young south. In the 1930’s, the southern life was rigid for African Americans. After the civil war, slaves were given freedom and were in the process of emerging into the struggling economy. Times were rough for everyone because of the economy’s depression. A Berea student stated in her report, “All over America it was common to see unemployed men and women riding the rails, looking for work, shelter, and food-for anything that offered some means of subsistence, some sense of dignity.” Many people lost their jobs and whites took this time to torment black communities. A special clan was formed, called the Ku Klux Klan, that encouraged white dominance and used violence and intimidation to try to undo all that the blacks had recently gained (Snodan). In October of 1926, in Due West, South Carolina, a typical lynching by the KKK took place (Enzler). Lynching is defi... ... middle of paper ... ...d these white jurymen possibly not convict a black man and still be able to go home to their wives? Even in the midst of two wonderful men, Judge Horton and Atticus Finch, these opinions could not be swayed. In this racial climate, it was simply inevitable for these two men to be presumed anything but guilty. Works Cited Enzler, C. J. Some Social Aspects of the Depression. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms Limited, 1971. Johnson, Claudia Durst. " Understanding To Kill A Mockingbird." 02 January 1999. Think Quest. 09 March 2002. . Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. New York: Warner Books, Inc., 1960. Snodan, Kelly M. "Historial Background." Background of Author and Time Period. 1 September 1996. 11 March 2002. .

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes nelle harper lee's portrayal of a harsh time period in her novel, to kill a mockingbird, which took place in the south between 1925 and 1935.
  • Describes how the ku klux klan encouraged white dominance and used violence and intimidation to try to undo all that the blacks had recently gained.
  • Narrates how a fight broke out between black and white men and two white women on the train from tennessee to alabama, and the two women were arrested on charges of vagrancy and violation of the mann act.
  • Analyzes how harper lee captured the popular racial attitude of the 1930's in to kill a mockingbird by showing real world prejudice as a fictional account.
  • Explains that the scottsboro case reached a higher court because of inadequate legal representation from the first trial. the only justice to this trial came when judge horton overturned the jury's conviction and ordered the new trial just before the execution date.
  • Analyzes how atticus was the only justice provided for the trial, but his courageous act was not enough in the courtroom.
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