The book The Help and the movie Mississippi Burning have a few similarities. First of all, both are set in Mississippi during the 1960s, a time of racial tension in the South. As well, both deal with prejudice and discrimination. In the novel, the Black maids are not allowed to touch the white women they work for, sit at their table, or eat their food. Likewise in the film, a white man is portrayed as drinking from a fountain labeled White, and a Black boy is seen drinking from a water fountain labeled Colored. Segregation is highlighted in both.
However, differences exist between the two. The book portrays the lives of the Black maids and their unfair treatment at the hands of their employers. The movie has more of a political focus, as it examines the murder of three civil rights activists at the hands of the Klu Klux Clan and the ensuing investigation by the FBI. However, both deal with life in the Jim Crow South.