To Kill A Mockingbird
The white residents of Maycomb, Alabama, are determined to find Tom guilty of rape, despite the clear evidence in his favour. Fifty years after the novel was first published, racism is still a deep-rooted problem in American society.
Racism still rampant as King is remembered
Tomorrow, exactly 90 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr was born. All around the world over the coming days, the great civil rights leader will be honoured. But has his dream come true?
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Jem is jaded and disillusioned after Tom’s conviction by the town’s racist residents. Even with the best legal minds on your side, says the novel, sometimes the justice system is simply unfair.
Democracy is in crisis, says major new report
Is democracy in trouble? Politicians don’t listen and political opinions divide. A new survey shows that people in developed countries are more and more unhappy with their political system.
Alabama passes USA’s strictest abortion ban
Alabama’s new bill would outlaw abortion from the moment of conception, even in cases of rape and incest. It has sparked global outrage and fear for the future of women’s rights in America.
Scout starts the novel a young tomboy who would rather endure anything than be forced to wear a dress. As she grows up and faces the harsh realities of her hometown, she may lose some of her innocence — but her father does his best to keep her goodness intact.
Don’t lie about Christmas, warn psychologists
Should we stop telling children the Christmas myth is true? Santa Claus, the chimney and the reindeer: it is the story we all grew up with. But some experts argue these lies can be harmful.
Reality show tracks tangled lives of Sixties children
In 1964, a group of seven-year-olds appeared on a TV documentary called ‘7 Up’. Every seven years, the cameras returned. The eighth series of the show, called ‘56 Up’, began this week.
The fascinating, undying power of curiosity
Could curiosity be the most important human attribute? It lets us transform chaos into questions, boredom into wisdom, and allows us to find pleasure in the mysteries of the Universe.
‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view,’ Atticus tells Scout. Learning empathy is the most important moral message of To Kill A Mockingbird, and it reveals a world where good and evil are not always as simple as we think.
Good boy! Puppy dog eyes evolved just for you
Is your dog really your best friend? Or is it just manipulating you? A new study has identified eyebrow-raising muscles that help puppies to produce their most irresistible expressions.
Teen heroes amaze, delight and kindle hope
Do teenagers deserve more respect? The news is suddenly full of amazing young people, whose energy and idealism is taking the world by storm. So, how come adolescence has such a bad name?
Gentle giants of joy, anger, grief and love
Are elephants as emotional as humans? Six died trying to save a young calf from a waterfall in Thailand. Research on elephants is full of examples of the animals behaving empathetically.
‘I wanted you to see what real courage is,’ says Atticus. ‘It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.’ The strength of Atticus’s convictions are one of the most inspiring aspects of the novel. Who inspires us today?
Free speech ‘in greatest peril since WW2’
Is free speech REALLY under threat? A new mass-membership organisation, launched yesterday, claims that one of society’s most important freedoms is facing its greatest challenge since 1945.
Five years on, Malala finally goes to Oxford
Has she changed anything? Five years after being shot for campaigning for girls’ education, Malala is studying at Oxford. And yet millions of “Malalas” still cannot go to school in Pakistan.
Man survives at -30C thanks to peanut butter
Is survival chiefly about luck or courage? A man whose hut in the Alaskan wilderness burnt down, destroying all his possessions, has just been rescued after three weeks in the freezing snow.