Some of the issues of the 1920s pointed out in To Kill a Mockingbird center around the themes
of racism and inequality. Jim Crow laws were in full swing during this time period. These laws allowed "separate but equal" rights for black and white citizens; however, the equality was quite lacking. We see the differences in the treatment of black and white citizens in the novel. A black man accused by a white woman had very little options. Even his lawyer, Atticus
Fitch, had his own share of trouble for defending a black man.
Another example of inequality during the 1920s revolves around monetary concerns. We see the main character, Scout, and her family interacting with people of lesser economic standing. Atticus, Scout's father, often accepts food or goods in exchange for his legal services because his clients have no money to pay him with. We see Scout's reaction to a little boy at school who lives in a house where there isn't always enough to eat. These very real issues shaped, not only the novel, but 1920s America as well.