Specifically in the 1930's

Definition of intolerance

Not tolerant, especially:

a. Unwilling to tolerate differences in opinions, practices, or beliefs, especially religious beliefs.

b. Opposed to the inclusion or participation of those different from oneself, especially those of a different racial, ethnic, or social background.

c. Unable or unwilling to endure or support


We can't help being intolerant because it's human nature. We ultimately just categorize based on instinct. I remember in 2013, intolerance was so bad at school that they made laws and we had uniforms to try and stop it. Of course people still got judged but, again, it's human nature and we can't help it. Does anyone have any examples of intolerance?

Blacks vs Whites

Whites got significantly better rights than blacks. They got better education and jobs. Blacks were not thought of well and were considered to all be liars, cheaters, and dirty people by whites. This stereotype lasted a long time, until the civil acts rights were starting to coming into place. "Black people were always worse off than white people." What do you think about this?

North vs South

Industries in the north began to build and most of the black population was in the south so they moved north in search of work. The relationship between whites and blacks only got worse from there. Whites were angry that blacks were taking all the jobs especially since it was the Great Depression and they had very little to support their families. The north relied on manufacturing and the south on agriculture. Do we have this today?

Ku Klux Klan a.k.a. KKK

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rose in members as black population began to rise as well. The KKK was a anti-semist group that was not just against blacks but against the Jews and many others. Jews also had a tough time in the '30's but were seen in a better perspective than the blacks. Are there any groups similar?

General 1930 vs general 2013

In the '30's people were very stereotypical and judgmental. Not to say that we weren't in 2013 but it was definitely less common and we then had laws preventing segregation and things like that. in the 1930's, blacks couldn't vote and basically had no rights. in 2013 however, we had a black president, so it goes to show what a nation with a little bit of time can do. After all, "All men are created equal".

To Kill A Mockingbird

The setting of TKM is set in the 1930's so based on what I've given you so far, you can see how hostile the US was for blacks back then. It was the Great Depression and many could not find jobs, so many blacks worked as farm hands and maids. The Jim Crow Laws were created to start segregation and whites usually followed them. Mayella Ewell however broke this code and covered her guilt by lying in court.