To Kill a Mockingbird Essay example

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There has been discrimination and segregation dating all the way back to the beginning of time. People have used those negative feelings and persecuted on another for being a different race or having a different religion. Those feelings did more to separate the country and cause division between the masses. Acts of segregation were most evident during the 1930's. During that dark period in American history segregation was evident throughout the events of the enactment of the Jim Crow Laws, the Scottsboro Trials and the events depicted in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Segregation and discrimination is a terrible thing. There were laws made defining the segregation and discrimination against colored folks. These laws were called the Jim Crow Laws. In Alabama, they had segregated the white from the colored races at bus stations. It had said “All passenger stations in this state operated by any motor transportation company shall have separate waiting rooms or space and separate ticket windows for the white and colored races.” What this means is in Alabama, the white and colored races have different waiting rooms when waiting for a bus, and when purchasing a ticket, they have separate ticket windows. They also had a law in Arizona that had discriminated against other races than white. “The marriage of a person of Caucasian blood with a Negro, Mongolian, Malay, or Hindu shall be null and void.” The white are not allowed to marry someone of a different race. Like in the Jim Crow Laws, there had also been discrimination in the Scottsboro Trials. There had been a trial in Scottsboro that had taken place in northern Alabama in the 1930s. There had been 9 African Americans that had been accused of raping two white women (one a minor) on a train. Within a month the first man had been found guilty and sentenced to death. He was found guilty because he was black and the two women were white. “There followed a series of sensational trials condemning the other men solely on the testimony of the older woman, a known prostitute, who was attempting to avoid a prosecution under the Mann act, prohibiting taking a minor across ate lines for immoral purposes, like prostitution.” The other black men had been condemned because the older white woman did not want to get arrested herself, so she had blamed black men of raping her. The similar case to this trial had been in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” There had been a similar case as the Scottsboro trial in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” It was a white female claiming a black male had raped her. First, it would be prudent to go back and look at an example of a time in the book where discrimination had