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Tom Robinson's Conviction at Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is an almost faultless representation of the "white" word dominated the "shameful" word in the South. The novel shows that a white person's word, no matter how faulted, was easily accepted than any black man's word. Allowing a "Negro's" term to be taken above "white" word could make southern society significantly less secure in its supposed superiority. The southern "superiority" over Negroes had existed since the time of the slave trade and continued following the emancipation, out of fear. So long as Negroes were considered "property," they had been protected by their own "value" After the abolition of legal captivity, their economic defense disappeared, and the southern white population feared their infiltration with culture. Out of dread came hatred from the snowy southern neighborhood. Organizations representing their hate were made, such as the Ku Klux Klan. Lynchings, unjustified convictions, and acute financial oppression were part of Negro-life from the south between 1925-1935. With the Stock Market Crash in October of 1929 that the United States suffered severe economic depression. With the closing of several mills and plants, unemployment skyrocketed. The economic collapse was debilitating to most communities, however to the elephants of the South who were already severely oppressed, it was devastating. Farming communities, which were already in a depression before the crash, went starving and seldom had surplus harvest to market for profit. Crop prices fell nearly 50% between 1929 and 1930. During the depression it had been almost impossible for blacks to locate work because unemployed whites were chosen over blacks regardless of what their qualific...