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Historical Perspective of "To Kill a Mockingbird": Publication of To Kill a Mockingbird

8th Grade Human Rights Novel Study. Getting a historical perspective.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the early 1930s during the Great Depression in the rural Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. Despite Harper Lee's insistence that To Kill a Mockingbird is a work of fiction, certain places and characters bear a remarkable resemblance to those in Monroeville, Alabama, her hometown. Lee was born in 1926, which would make her exactly Scout's age ("almost six" at the start of the novel). Those who grew up in Lee's hometown remember one family's house, the Boulars, which was "boarded up and falling down" directly across the street from the Lee home, and the mysterious denizen named Sonny Boular, who almost certainly became the model for Boo Radley. Lee's father, Amasa Lee, was also a lawyer like Atticus Finch. It is therefore almost impossible to separate the novel, and most importantly, the precocious, tomboy character of Scout, from the author and her life.

Citation Link Bloom, Harold. “Background to To Kill a Mockingbird.” To Kill A Mockingbird, New Edition, Chelsea House, 2010. Bloom's Literature, Accessed 20 Mar. 2018.



The Book

Citation Link TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, 1960. - Front jacket cover of the first edition, 1960, of "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee's novel of a white lawyer in the American South defending an innocent black man in a sensational trial.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 20 Mar 2018.