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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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  • Examine the 1930s trials of the Scottsboro Boys and contrast the functioning of the justice system in that case with the trial of Tom Robinson.
  • Investigate the government initiatives under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" and discuss how some characters in To Kill a Mockingbird might have benefited from them.
  • Research the different groups active in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s and compare their programs to the community support systems depicted in Lee's fictional town of Maycomb.

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