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How did Harper Lee contribute to American Literature?

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Harper Lee's greatest contribution to American Literature has to be To Kill a Mockingbird.  The book's impact was felt then as it is today, echoed in reviews that the book received:  "A hundred pounds of sermons on tolerance, or an equal measure of invective deploring the lack of it, will weigh far less in the scale of enlightenment than a mere 18 ounces of a new fiction bearing the title To Kill a Mockingbird."  As she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former President Bush spoke of Harper Lee's contribution to American Literature:

Forty-six years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird still touches and inspires every reader. We're moved by the story of a man falsely accused -- with old prejudice massed against...

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Harper Lee was an amazing woman. Her contributions to the American society in general in the mid-1900's are still highly viewed today. She is most known for her contributions to American Literature, however she also was a well-known airline reservation clerk. 

Her greatest novel to date is To Kill A Mockingbird, published in 1960. This novel received great critical attention when it was written and even up to today. 

The novel is about a court case in which a black man (Tom Robinson) is wrongly accused of raping a girl. The story is narrated from the point of view of Tom's lawyer's daughter, Scout. 

Perhaps the greatest reason as to why this novel is a great contribution to American literature is because it was written and published during the Civil Rights Movement, and the entire novel is about a black man who does not receive proper treatment from others because of the color of his skin. As a controversial topic, it is reasonable to see why it gained so much attention.