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This guide focuses on the background of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and intolerance in the 1930s.
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You may find additional books through the online catalog on the library's web page.

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Miles to Go for Freedom - Linda Barrett Osborne
Call Number: YD 305.896 OSB
ISBN: 9781419700200
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
Describes the lives of African Americans during the Jim Crow years, a period of legal segregation and discrimination from the 1890s through the 1950s, including photographs and interviews with African Americans who were young during this time and other primary resources.

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American Nightmare - Jerrold M. Packard
Call Number: 305.4 PAC
ISBN: 0312261225
Publication Date: 2002-02-12
Examines the laws and customs known as "Jim Crow" and discusses how this system of legalized segregation affected American society in the one hundred years following the Civil War.

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Racism - George M. Fredrickson
Call Number: 305.8 FRE
ISBN: 069100899x
Publication Date: 2002-03-01
Traces Western racism from its emergence in the Middle Ages, comparing nineteenth-century anti-Semitism in Germany and white supremacy in America, and discussing the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, the Jim Crow South, and apartheid South Africa.

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To Ask for an Equal Chance - Cheryl Greenberg
ISBN: 9781442200517
Publication Date: 2009-08-16

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The Freedom Summer Murders - Don Mitchell
Call Number: 323.092 MIT
ISBN: 9780545477253
Publication Date: 2014-04-29
Look at how the disappearance and murders of civil rights workers Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney would help bring about civil rights and social justice.

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The Double V - Rawn James
Call Number: 355.0089 JAM
ISBN: 9781608196081
Publication Date: 2013-01-22
Desegregation of all branches of the United States military

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Backlash - Calvin Craig Miller
Call Number: 305.896 MIL
ISBN: 9781599351834
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
Examines how urban race riots that took place in the Jim Crow era impacted the African-American community and influenced the development of the civil rights movement.


Resources relating to To Kill a Mockingbird

Check with your teacher for this assignment's specific requirements. The resources in this guide direct you to information about the setting and background of the 1930s. Databases and eBooks can be accessed from this page or the library's web page.

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You will need to use a variety of search terms for each database or eBook to find the information you are looking for. Instead of using "intolerance" try the following choices:

         Racism  Jim Crow  Prejudice  Segregation

    Discrimination Lynching Scottsboro Civil Rights

         Use "African Americans" in Decades books


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eBooks: Decades

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American Decades - Manly
ISBN: 9780810357242
Publication Date: 1995-11-20
Covers all decades of the 20th century from 1900 to 1999.

The Thirties in America - Thomas T. Lewis
ISBN: 9781587657269
Publication Date: 2011-03-01

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The Twenties in America - Carl E. Rollyson
ISBN: 9781587658556
Publication Date: 2012-04-01


More Books in the Library

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Claudette Colvin - Phillip Hoose
Call Number: B COLVIN, C.
ISBN: 9780374313227
Publication Date: 2009-01-20
Presents an account of fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin, an African-American girl who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks, and covers her role in a crucial civil rights case.

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Buried in the Bitter Waters - Elliot Jaspin
Call Number: 305.896 JAS
ISBN: 9780465036363
Publication Date: 2007-03-05
Reveals the events surrounding the widespread racial cleansing that took place above and below the Mason-Dixon Line in the period between Reconstruction and the 1920s.

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The Strange Career of Jim Crow - C. Vann Woodward; William S. McFeely (As told to)
Call Number: 301.4 WOO
ISBN: 9780195146905
Publication Date: 2001-11-29
The history of Jim Crow laws, presenting evidence that segregation in the South dated only to the 1890s. Even under slavery, the two races had not been divided as they were under the Jim Crow laws of the 1890s. In fact, during Reconstruction, there was considerable economic and political mixing of the races. The segregating of the races was a relative newcomer to the region.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow - Richard L. Wormser
Call Number: 301.4 WOR
ISBN: 0531114430
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
Discusses the laws and practices that supported discrimination against African Americans from Reconstruction to the Supreme Court decision that found segregation to be illegal.

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The American Way of Poverty - Sasha Abramsky
Call Number: 362.5 ABR
ISBN: 9781568587264
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
Stories of Americans living in poverty and suggestions for housing policy, wage protection, higher education, tax, and banking reforms to reduce poverty. Includes items on living wage, Medicaid, minimum wage, food pantries, welfare system and more.



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American Social Reform Movements Reference Library - Thomson Gale Staff
ISBN: 9781414402154
Publication Date: 2006-10-26
Search for "Civil Rights Movement" for history and the current situation.

Great Events from History: 1901 - 1941 - Robert F. Gorman
ISBN: 9781587653391
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Describes the impact of Scottsboro and other important events.

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Encyclopedia of Social Problems - Vincent N. Parrillo (Editor)
ISBN: 9781412941655
Publication Date: 2008-05-22

Encyclopedia of the Great Depression - Robert S. McElvaine (Editor)
ISBN: 9780028656861
Publication Date: 1905-06-01


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