Since "The Lottery" was published in 1948, are there any cultural or historical events that Jackson might be commenting on here?

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Written in the wake of World War II, Jackson's "The Lottery" reflects the concept of the Juden as a scapegoat for economic problems in pre-war Germany. Of course, the many acts against humanity that were committed with a populace that turned a blind-eye to them or was afraid to dissent is also an underlying concept behind the narrative. In "The Lottery," for example, when the villagers obediently take their turns drawing the slips of paper,

They grinned at one another humorlessly and nervously.

Certainly, Jackson makes an interrogation of humanitarism as the people only worry about themselves and not the...

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