Racial Segregation During The 1900's

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Racial segregation was a major part of American history during the twentieth century. It is something that defines our history and how far we have come since then. Racial segregation was a huge big of the 1900’s. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the town of Maycomb did a great job of sampling this. There were people who believed in equal rights and people who didn’t, just like everywhere else in the world at that time. Slavery wasn’t new to the Americas in the 1900’s, it had been around since the seventeenth century, but had become a growing problem, as well as a fight for equality. During the great depression, there were little to no jobs available for blacks and whites. The unemployment rate for blacks was about 50 percent, while the…show more content…
On page 212 reverend Skyes and Jem talk about how it is possible for Tom to be acquitted. “How long have they been out?” asked Jem.“‘bout thirty minutes. Mr. Finch and Mr. Gilmer did some more talkin’, and Judge Taylor charged the jury.” “How was he?” asked Jem. “What say? Oh, he did right well. I ain’t complainin‘ one bit—he was mighty fairminded. He sorta said if you believe this, then you’ll have to return one verdict, but if you believe this, you’ll have to return another one. I thought he was leanin’ a little to our side—” Reverend Sykes scratched his head. Jem smiled. “He’s not supposed to lean, Reverend, but don’t fret, we’ve won it,” he said wisely. “Don’t see how any jury could convict on what we heard—” “Now don’t you be so confident, Mr. Jem, I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man…” This quote talks about how there could be hope for Tom. One juror decided that Tom shouldn’t be charged, he represented the open-minded people out there who could look past the color of ones skin and judge on “the content of their character”. This lone juror and Atticus were a small symbol of hope and change that would be coming to the future of

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