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Mockingbird Context Presentation

As a group, you will deliver an approximately 10-minute presentation that explores the context of To Kill a Mockingbird. You will be responsible for presenting on either the context of the novel’s setting or its publication. This presentation must identify the details of your chosen era that explain the novel’s cultural, social, and historical context.

  • You must present one topic per person that explores the novel’s context. Your presentation must consider:

    • Historical Context: the events that occurred leading up to an event or a time. This generally considers the significance of these events and their effect, both at the time and the time that followed.

      • Central question: How was this influenced by what had come before?

    • Social Context: The physical or social setting in which people live during which something takes place. This generally considers the aspect of life in which people interact - the cultures, people, institutions, classes, etc. that are interacted with.

      • Central question: What does this reveal about living in society at the time?

    • Cultural Context: The ideology, traditions, and values that surround and shape a person’s beliefs. This generally considers the details that affect behavior, decision-making, and opportunities.

      • Central question: What does this reveal about people’s beliefs and behavior at the time?

    • Each topic must clearly comment on one or more of these!

  • You should consider: people, organizations, and events that are significant. You can even consider important art, music, or films if it helps us understand any of our three contexts. Note: your presentation must use audio/visual media to receive full points.

  • Include a handout or question guide for the class that allows them to follow along and respond.

  • You will need to share the presentation with me by Monday, April 1st.


Goals are to set a context for the historical, social, and cultural contexts at the time of To Kill a Mockingbird’s setting and publication, demonstrating an understanding of the role significant events and people play in influencing the literary significance of the text.

Exemplary Work will demonstrate a strong understanding of the material covered, with clear connections to the contextual relevance and a presentation that is professional and practiced.

Context of the Novel’s Setting

Emancipation Proclamation

14th Amendment

15th Amendment

Black Codes

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Dredd Scott v Sandford

13 Amendment

Ku Klux Klan (1st/2nd)

Civil Rights Act 1866

The Souls of Black Folk

Jack Johnson


Resegregation under Wilson

Red Summer (1919)

Harlem Globetrotters

Tuskegee Institute Study

Scottsboro Boys

T Shipp & A Smith


Harlem Renaissance

Nat Turner’s Revolt

African Americans in WWI

Great Migration

Birth of a Nation (1915 film)

Lynching Souvenirs & Postcards

Costigan-Wagner Bill

KKK March on Washington (‘25)

Tulsa Race Massacre (Black Wall St.)

Context of the Novel’s Publication

Executive Order 9981

Brown v Board of Ed

Rosa Parks

Little Rock Nine

Ku Klux Klan (3rd)

Greensboro Four

Billie Holiday

Second Great Migration

Hattie McDaniel

African Americans in WWII

Executive Order 8802

Detroit Race Riots (1943)

Freeman Field Mutiny

Jackie Robinson


Harry & Harriette Moore

White Citizens’ Council

Segregation Academies

Emmett Till

Freedom Rides

J. Edgar Hoover vs T.R.M Hover & Martin L King Jr

Odell Waller

Groveland Four

Rev. George W. Lee

Maceo Snipes

The Columbia Race Riot

Isaac Woodard

Willie McGee

Trenton Six

Earlier Event: March 18
Performance Reflection
Later Event: April 1
Reading Log