Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Understanding Jim Crow through Visual Media
Students are preparing to read Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In order to gain a sense of the history that encompasses Harper Lee’s novel, students will be looking at the historical events surrounding the American South in the early 1900s. In this lesson, students will closely examine the Jim Crow laws that permeated this era. These laws mandated the segregation of various public facilities. The laws enforced a “separate, but equal” status for African American citizens. This lesson will guide students through a series of visual images that depict the Jim Crow era. Students will use the images as an analytical tool to learn more about the prejudice and racism that penetrated the American South during the early 1900s.