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Harper Lee’s new novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” was released July 2015. It takes place after her first book, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Many real events shaped the mid-1950’s Alabama featured in Lee’s latest book. World War II provided new and better job opportunities for black people, and some joined the army. The court case Brown v. Board of Education ruled against school segregation. Some white people formed groups, like the Maycomb County Citizen’s Council in Go Set a Watchman, to try to fight desegregation. And in 1955, Rosa Parks started the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama. “Go Set a Watchman” shows both the hope for and the resistance to the equality that the Civil Rights Movement fought for.

Read more about “Go Set a Watchman” and Alabama history.

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