Examples Of Racism In Mississippi Trial 1955

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Between the years of 1954 to 1968, racism was at its peak in the South. This occurred even though the blacks were no longer slaves as of 1865 when slavery was abolished. The blacks were treated very poorly and they were still considered unequal to whites. Hiram, the main character of this novel, is a 9 year old boy who is clueless about racism. He is moved from the South to the North, away from his favorite grandfather. He wishes to go back to Mississippi and to be with his grandfather again. He never understood why his father, Harlan, wouldn't let him go. Hiram, who moved from Mississippi to Arizona, is in for a rude awakening when he is visiting his Grandfather in Greenwood, Mississippi at 16 years old. In the novel Mississippi Trial 1955, there were many complicated relationships among Hiram, Harlan, and Grandpa Hillburn. These relationships were complicated because of racism at …show more content…

Hiram and his Grandpa were so close that they both had a hard time parting from each other. Later, when coming back to Greenwood to visit at 16 years old, Hiram’s eyes opened to how blacks were treated when his acquaintance, R.C Rydell bullies a young black kid severely right in from of Hiram’s eyes. When Hiram says, “I could see where segregation wasn’t very fair”, it is clear to us how Hiram believes that blacks are and should be considered equal to whites. Hiram’s grandfather, however, has an opposing opinion. This is proven on page 11 when Grandpa says “Hiram, boy, I don't know what this country is coming to. Now these damn Yankees are trying to tell us how to run the South.” This quote is telling us that Grandpa believes that the blacks are trying to gain power over the whites when all they want is to be equal to them. Although Hiram and his Grandfather had different opinions, they still loved each other even after the trial where their opinions towards the death of Emmet Till caused their relationship to be in

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