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Photos from the Great Depressions
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
PBS Website on the Scottsboro Tragedy
In 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. The trial of the nine falsely accused teens would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions and give birth to the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to its historical significance, the Scottsboro story is a riveting drama about the struggles of nine innocent young men for their lives and a cautionary tale about using human beings as fodder for political causes.
PBS Documentary on the Importance of To Kill a Mockingbird
7 Minute Summary of To Kill a Mockingbird
Bing Crosby sings about a hardworking man, one of many who built America, who is now down on his luck. Photos accompanying the audio portray Hoovervilles.
A brief synopsis and critical analysis of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
Historical Context: Welcome to Hooverville video
Harper Lee Interview
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This interview by Roy Newquist originally appeared in his book of interviews, Counterpoint, published in 1964 by Rand McNally.
Chicago Press Call 1963
Miss Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the most durable bestseller of the decade—Mockingbird has been on the list two years—flew into Chicago recently for a one-day stint to help promote the movie adaptation of her popular novel. What follows is an account of the flood of questions the noted writer must endure all in the name of publicity.
NPR Podcasts on To Kill a Mockingbird