Understanding To Kill A Mockingbird: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding To Kill A Mockingbird: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

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by Claudia Durst Johnson
     
 

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel of such profound power that it has affected the lives of readers and left and indelible mark on American culture. This rich collection of historical documents, collateral readings, and commentary captures the essence of the novel's impact, making it an ideal resource for students, teachers, and library media specialists. Drawing on

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel of such profound power that it has affected the lives of readers and left and indelible mark on American culture. This rich collection of historical documents, collateral readings, and commentary captures the essence of the novel's impact, making it an ideal resource for students, teachers, and library media specialists. Drawing on multi-disciplinary sources, the casebook places the issues of race, censorship, stereotyping, and heroism into sharp perspective. Through these documents, the reader also gains a taste for the historical events which influenced the novel as well as the novel's relevance in today's world. Among the documents which speak most eloquently are testimony from the Scottsboro Case of the 1930s, memoirs and interviews with African Americans and whites who grew up in Alabama in the 1930s, and news stories on civil rights activities in Alabama in the 1950s. Most of the documents presented are available in no other printed form. Study questions, project ideas, and bibliographies are also included for ease of use in further examination of the issues raised by the novel. Thirteen historical photographs complement the text.

Following a literary analysis of issues raised by the novel, the casebook opens with testimony and newspaper articles from the 1930s Alabama Scottsboro Case. The significant parallels of this case to the novel paint a social and historical background of the novel. Memoirs and interviews with African Americans and whites who grew up in Alabama in the 1930s further complete the historical landscape. Articles and news stories from the 1950s depict the increasingly tense, volatile environment in which thenovel was written and published. Documents examine the stereotypes of the poor white, the African American, and the southern belle; and how the novel allows the reader to walk around in the shoes of those who have been stereotyped. More current articles examine the legal, literary, and ethical ramifications of the novel. These articles include a debate between lawyers over whether Atticus Finch was a hero, and discussion of attempts to censor the novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573566391
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/22/1994
Series:
Greenwood Press Literature in Context Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

CLAUDIA DURST JOHNSON is Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where she chaired the English Department for 12 years.

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Understanding To Kill A Mockingbird 1.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The REAL book, "To Kill a Mockingbird" was written by Harper Lee in 1961 and released as an e-book in June 2002. The cost of the REAL e-book by Harper Lee is only $4.99 + tax through Barnes and Noble. PLEASE USE YOUR BRAINS! Google or search the name of the author before wasting your money! Use your own brain to read, review, critique, etc... a book! This is really crazy to spend $50+ on someone else's idea about a great book! Go read the REAL book by Harper Lee. I hope this has been of help to a lot of you...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$52 are they serious? Are they selling the bird?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is really high i wouldn't even want to pay that for a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please note that all of the prior reviewers have not actually read the book. The book's price reflects the academic value of this seminal book on the life of Harper Lee and the historical context surrounding To Kill A Mockingbird. Obviously the previous posters are not interested in understanding what life was like when the book was written and possibly discovering new insights about a phenomenal book. Harper Lee cooperated with the production of this book, and your comments are disrespectful not to mention completely ignorant of the book on which you are commenting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
52 BUCKS!?! THIS BETTER HAVE A MILLION PAGES FOR ANYONE TO BUY IT!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$52 seriously? Thats WAY too much for a book like that. I started reading the actual To Kill A Mockingbird and I understand it perfectly. (And I'm only 11 & going into 7th grade) No one needs this book. Don't waste your $ on this book. It's not worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talk about expenseve
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are books that are 500 - 1000 bucks. Beat that! Search encyclopedia and you will find them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did anybody actually buy this????
Susan Smith More than 1 year ago
I don't even think u can get that much on a nook gift card!!!!
Victoria Jones More than 1 year ago
Who would have the money for this book.
Kristina Ammerman More than 1 year ago
Talk about expesive!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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