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Understanding to Kill a Mockingbird: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historic Documents
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 This rich collection of historical documents, collateral readings, and commentary captures the essence of the novel's impact, making it an ideal resource for students, teachers, and library media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-di ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Greenwood
(first published January 1st 1994)
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This popped up on my library computer when I searched for To Kill a Mockingbird for a book discussion group, so I decided to check it out, along with the novel. I have often been impressed by the additionaly research that some people do when they read a book, especially if they are facilitating a discussion. This book provided some fascinating history and analysis of the novel and background information about Harper Lee that definietly enhanced my enjoyment and understanding of the novel.
In addition to a discussion on the high school English teacher's themes and symbolism, this book puts To Kill a Mockingbird into historical perspective by including such firsthand documents as transcripts from the Scottsboro trials of the 1930s, and newspaper articles from the Civil Rights era. And then it presents questions to help connect everything in your head.