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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird


by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird Resources



Some super useful annotations to help you with some tricky words.

Whistling While Black

The murder of Emmett Till (1955) is one of several injustices that seem to have inspired events in To Kill a Mockingbird (published 1960). Till was a 14-year-old African-American boy brutally murdered by two white men in August 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store. This PBS article gives some background on Till and his murder.

Movie or TV Productions

It's Black and White

You can't get more classic than this: the 1962 production with Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall.

The Making Of

It's not an adaptation—it's a documentary about the adaptation. Pretty cool.


Feed Your Brain

If you want something a little harder, check out this 1903 essay by W.E.B. DuBois on African-American experience.

Time for Change

In January 2009, high school teacher John Foley wrote an opinion piece in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer arguing that, now that President Obama is President-elect (at the time of Foley's publication), classic texts like To Kill a Mockingbird and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be dropped from the curriculum for using the "N-word." Read Foley's opinion piece here.

Malcolm Gladwell on TKAM

The man behind all those awesome books about cool stuff (you know the ones) voices his thoughts on "Atticus Finch and the limits of Southern liberalism."


Title Art

Film buffs say that To Kill a Mockingbird's opening credits sequence is one of the greatest of all time. Watch it here.


Charles J. Shields talks about his biography of Harper Lee.

Introducing Gregory Peck

Pressed for time? Check out the trailer for the 1962 movie adaptation.


And Justice For All

Gregory Peck delivers Atticus's closing speech. Get ready to be stirred.


Almost eight minutes of mockingbird song! Check out what all the fuss is for.


Cutest Grandma Ever

Can't you just picture her sitting on her porch offering cake to the neighbor kids?

Why So Serious?

Atticus and his client, looking pretty grim.

Black and White—Coincidence?

Take a good look so you don't kill one.

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