A Timeline of Events Related to the Novel To Kill a Mockingbird

                                                                             

Year

Time Period

Ch.

Event

1883

 

 

Atticus Finch is born

1923

 

 

Jeremy AtticusJem” Finch is born

1926

April 28

 

Nelle Harper Lee is born in Monroeville, Alabama

1927

 

 

Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is born

1928

 

 

Atticus Finch’s wife, a “Graham from Montgomery,” dies

1929

 

 

The Depression begins in the United States

1931

March 25

 

The “Scottsboro Boys” are arrested

1933

January 30

 

Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany

 

Summer

1

Atticus and Calpurnia are raising Scout and Jem.  Dill comes to visit his Aunt Rachel. He and the Finch children keep watch on the Radley house.

 

Late August

1

Dill decides to make Boo come out of the Radley house

 

September

2

Dill returns home.  Scout starts 1st grade. 

 

 

3

Walter comes to dinner.

 

 

4

Boo leaves 2 pieces of chewing gum in the Radley’s oak tree.

1934

Late Spring

4

Jem and Scout find a small box containing two polished pennies

 

Late August

6

Jem, Scout, and Dill try to look in Boo’s window.  Nathan Radley fires a shotgun.

 

October

7

Scout starts 2nd grade.  Jem and Scout find soap carvings of a boy and girl in the knothole

 

the next week

7

They find a spelling medal

 

four days later

7

They find a pocket watch, chain, and knife

 

next morning

7

The knothole is filled with cement

 

November 21

 

Tom Robinson arrested

 

that winter

8

Mrs. Radley dies

 

the next day

8

Snow.  Jem turns the snowman into a caricature of Mr. Avery

 

1:00 a.m.

8

Miss Maudie’s house burns down; Boo puts a blanket around Scout’s shoulders

 

before Christmas

 

Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson

 

Christmas

9

Cousin Francis calls Atticus a “nigger lover”; Scout fights him

 

winter

10

Atticus shoots a mad dog in the street

1935

late winter

11

Jem is punished for cutting off Mrs. Dubose’s camellias

 

2 months later

11

Mrs. Dubose dies

 

that summer

12

Jem & Scout go to Calpurnia’s church; Aunt Alexandra moves in

 

 

14

Dill returns to Maycomb

 

before the trial

15

Atticus and the children stop a lynch mob at the jail

 

during the trial

16-21

Scout, Jem, and Dill sit in the balcony.  Testimony.  Talk with Dolphus Raymond.  Calpurnia comes to court.  Tom R. is found guilty.

 

next morning

22

Calpurnia discovers gifts of food on the porch

 

late August

24

Lunching with the ladies of Maycomb

 

late August

24

Tom Robinson is shot attempting to escape from prison

 

fall

26

Cecil Jacobs brings in a current events article about Hitler persecuting the Jews in Germany

 

mid-October

27

Bob Ewell loses his job, leaves a hate note at the judge’s home, and stalks Helen Robinson.  Scout prepares for a part in the Halloween pageant.

 

October 31

28-30

Ewell attacks Scout and Jem; Boo stabs Ewell.  Scout sees Boo and escorts him home.

1948

January 27

 

William Horner is killed and his wife attacked, leading to the roundup and jailing of the “Trenton Six”

1955

August 28

 

Emmett Till is kidnapped, tortured, and murdered in Money, Miss.

1957

 

 

To Kill a Mockingbird is first submitted to publishers.

1960

 

 

To Kill a Mockingbird is published, and wins the 1961 Pulitzer Prize

1961

May 4

 

The Freedom Riders depart on a bus from Washington, D.C.

1962

 

 

The film version of To Kill a Mockingbird is released

1963

June 12

 

Medgar Evers assassinated

1964

June 21

 

“Freedom Summer” in Mississippi.  Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney murdered in Philadelphia, Miss.

 

Based upon information compiled by

Mary Ellen Snodgrass (Living Literature Series, ©1998, Perma-Bound Books, Inc.),

Andrew Moore (“Studying To Kill a Mockingbird,” http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/gcse/mockingbird.htm#10, ©2001),

and me.