Jim Crow Laws In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The Significance of the Jim Crow Laws “Jim Crow” was the name assigned to a range of laws and rituals practiced during the Reconstruction Era, in the early 1970’s. The Jim Crow Laws had several purposes and meanings during the Reconstruction Era. Not only were there Jim Crow Laws, but there was also Jim Crow segregation throughout the 1970’s. This segregation afflicted not only the blacks, but the whites throughout this era. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee displays several examples and representations of the Jim Crow Laws. Harper Lee illustrated how the Jim Crow Laws affected Calpurnia the black housemaid and other characters as well. At first, the Jim Crow Laws were proposed to restrain blacks and poor whites from…show more content…
For an example, Atticus said,” Calpurnia had more education than most colored folks” (Lee 13). Atticus said this, because blacks during the Reconstruction Era always were lacking education compared to the whites, because they were not provided with the essentials. But in this novel, Calpurnia the house maid is more educated than the other blacks, which showed how desperate they needed education. Another example was when Calpurnia brought Jem and Scout to her church, and one of the church member said,” You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillum here-they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal” (Lee 163)? When this lady says how white people did not belong in a black church, it shows how unwanted they were. This example also displays how strictly facilities were separated because, the lady said that Jem and Scout were not welcomed here, and she told them to go to their own white church. Not only were facilities segregated, but the manners of the black were also displayed throughout this novel as well. Blacks in the south had to enter through the back of a white person’s house. This action is portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird when Calpurnia knocked at the back door of a neighbor’s house. Tom Robinson’s case also involved the Jim Crow Laws, by showing how Eula was white and people tended to believe her more than an innocent black man. “A colored man cannot get any charge made against a white man here… They take the colored man and send him to the penitentiary and the law is not executed on the white man at al. We well have to have some protection or else go away from here” (Evans 93). Evans is saying the same exact thing that happened to Tom Robinson. Even though you have a lawyer and you’re black, you will automatically be charged of crime. This was shown how it was obvious that Tom Robinson did nothing wrong, he was still charged of
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