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On July 11, 1960, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was first published

July 11

On July 11, 1960, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was first published. Tackling themes of right and wrong, racism, and justice through the eyes of the child main character, Scout. ⚖️ ⚖️ ⚖️ The novel was an immediate bestseller. It was soon made into an Oscar-winning movie in 1962 and is still widely-read in American middle and high schools today.

Did you know? Many of the details of To Kill a Mockingbird had origins in the events of Harper Lee’s own childhood in 1930s Alabama. She and Gregory Peck (who famously played Atticus Finch in the movie adaptation) remained lifelong friends.

 

Gregory Peck publicity photo for the film To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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