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The Life behind To Kill a Mockingbird

07/25/2021 | 12m 31s | Video has closed captioning.

For decades it has been widely read in high schools and middle schools as a key anti-racist text. But how did this novel, with its Southern Gothic and Bildungsroman elements become a book that in 2006 the British said “every adult should read before they die” ahead of the Bible. To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee and was loosely based on Lee’s real-life experiences.

Aired: 07/25/21

Rating: NR

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