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In the 1930's racism was very strong in the southern united sates. In the novel "To kill a mockingbird" racism is clearly shown throughout the novel. Racism was seen through out the education system, judicial system, and in the people's religions of the town.

The education system was very unfair to children and was a breading ground for racism. Teachers did not take the time to properly educate black children; they looked at it, as they were even lucky to go to school. The fact that they were black had an influence on how they were taught. Teachers back then did not like it if children could already read and write. In chapter 2 Miss Caroline gets annoyed with the fact that scout could already read and write, and this was not taught until third grade. It was not proper if children could already read and write. Teachers in the 1930's taught racism and did not encourage gifted children.

The judicial system in the 1930's was prejudice towards blacks. If a black man was accused of a crime he or she was assumed to be automatically guilty. In the novel "To kill a mockingbird" Tom Robinson (a black man) is accused of raping a white girl, and because the color of his skin he is assumed to be automatically guilty. The color of Tom Robinson's skin was the reason that he was convicted. If a white man were accused of the same crime there would be a fair trial. Mr. Ewell (a white man) was allowed to hunt out of season, because he was white. White people were allowed to bend the law, but blacks could not even try without severe punishment. If a black man was put in jail he would be treated very...



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