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How the moral lessons of To Kill a Mockingbird endure today

  • Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the classics of American literature.

Never out of print, the novel has sold over 40 million copies since it was first published in 1960.

  • Anne Maxwell
  • The Conversation

It has been a staple of high school syllabuses, including in Australia, for several decades, and is often deemed the archetypal race and coming-of-age novel.

Flev 1aFor many of us, it is a formative read of our youth.

The story is set in the sleepy Alabama town of Maycomb in 1936 – 40 years after the Supreme Court’s notorious declaration of the races as being “separate but equal”, and 28 years before the enactment of the Civil Rights Act.

Our narrator is…

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