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Convictions of Shade Nelle Harper Lee demonstrates an exceptional representation of a harsh period of time in her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, which took place in the South between 1925 and 1935. This period was very crucial in the construction of the South's economy, although it was shown to be exceptionally challenging for African Americans. They had special laws to abide by, were not given the rights that white people held, and were badly mistreated due to the whites' resentment that black slaves were now free. One main example of this mistreatment is the case referred to as the Scottsboro Trials, in which injustice was served on eight black men for a crime that never happened. The following will consist of factual and fictitious literature and will utilize them with historical evidence to show that a black person's fair trial was improbable in the court system of the young south. In the 1930's, the southern life was rigid for African Americans. After the civil war, slaves were given freedom and were in the process of emerging into the struggling economy. Times were rough for everyone due to the economy's depression. A Berea student stated in her report, "All over America it was common to see unemployed women and men riding the rails, searching for work, shelter, and food-for anything that offered some way of subsistence, some sense of dignity." Many people lost their jobs and whites took this time to torment black communities. A distinctive clan was formed, called the Ku Klux Klan, that encouraged white dominance and used violence and intimidation to try and undo all that the blacks had recently gained (Snodan). In October of 1926, in Due West, South Carolina, a Normal lynching by the KKK took place (Enzler). Lynching is defi...