Charles Follis became first professional American football player
- Charles Follis was signed to the Shelby Athletic Club in Shelby, Ohio in the year 1904, but began playing for the Shelby Steamfitters without pay in 1902
- Jem and Atticus were big fans of football, and Jem dreamt of becoming a football player until his incident with Bob Ewell when his aspiration to play were almost crushed with a badly broken elbow.
The Great DepressionFrom 1929, when the stock market crashed, to 1939, the US entrance to World War II.
- In October, 1929, the stock markets crashed and a global depression in the economy hit the United States and lasted until their entrance into World War II.
- Scottsboro Boys allegedly rape two womenIn 1931, nine black teenagers of Scottsboro, Alabama were accused of raping Ruby Bates and Victoria Price, two caucasian teenagers, on a train travelling between Memphis and Chattanoonga, Tennessee. There was evidence againts the statements of the women, but the boys were held guilty anyways. After two years of trials, one of the alleged vitims stated that neither of the women were actually raped.
+ Scottsboro Boys allegedly rape two womenThe main conflict in the book revolves around the trial of Tom Robinson, who has been held guilty to raping Mayella Ewell despite evidence that should prove his innocence.
+ Recy Taylor gang raped in Henry County, AlabamaThe crime is essentially the opposite of the Scottsboro Boys alledged crime apart from the fact that the rape did take place and that there was only one woman involved. Jem and Scout most likely would have reacted the same way to this case as they did to Tom Robinson's. Seeing as Atticus was said to be a very accepting man, he would have presumably been hired to stand as Recy's lawyer, as he did for Tom Robinson.
- Recy Taylor gang raped in Henry County, AlabamaRecy Taylor was walking home from church when a car pulled up and seven armed men forced Taylor to get in. The car drove to a clearing where Taylor was taken from the car and demanded to remove her clothes. Recy Taylor was then raped by six men including US Army Private Herbert Lovett. After the crime, the men left Taylor on the side of the road blindfolded. The rapists were never charged due to the all white, all male jury who dismissed the case within the first five minutes of deliberation.
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat
- Rosa Parks' refusal to obey the bus drives request to give her seat in the coloured section to a white passenger in Mongomery Alabama sparked a movent called the Mongomery Bus Boycott. Parks wasn't the first to deny the requests of bus segregation. Claudette Colvin was the first to refuse her seat to a white person.
- The Finch family and their neighbors who were as non-discriminative as they were would have been supportive of the Mongomery Bus Boycott
Southern Christian Leadership Confrence is formed
- The SCLC, an African-American civil rights organization, was forned and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, is named chairman of the organization.
- The Finch family may have been inclined to join a civil rights group such as this one, They would have been ecstatic that a group fighting for the same things that they believed in was being founded in their neighbouring state.
Last three States finally allow female jurors
- By 1962, Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina (the final three states to do so) have officially included females in their juries.
- Jem: "For one thing, Miss Maudie can't serve on a jury because she's a woman..."
- To this quote, Scout reacts indignantly. By 1962, Scout would be in her late 40's, and old enough to possibly serve jury duty. The allowance of female jurors would bring more women like her and Miss Maudie involved, and the Tom Robinson case would have ended differently.
George Wallace makes a statement
- Alabama's new governor of two days says, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever"
- The Finch family would have been disgusted with Wallace's statement and appalled that people were still so sickeningly racist 30 years after the events of To Kill A Mockingbird occured.
Black students register for classes at University of AlabamaVivian Malone and James Hood registered fro classes at University of Alabama despite George Wallace, Alabama State's governor, literally blocking theith way.
- Scout would have felt happy and relieved that the students were finally getting equal opportunities in the education system.
President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act
- Civil Rights Act prohibited unequal treatment due to racial, sexual, and religious discrimination in schools, workplaces, and general public facilities.
- Had this been applied during the trial of Tom Robinson, more colored people would have been allowed in the jury and the result could have been different.