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To Kill a Mocking Bird is based in about 1935 right in the middle of the depression It is set in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb Maycomb like most small southern towns has a problem with widespread racism toward Negroes The novel focuses on one family the Finches In the family there are three people Scout Jem and Atticus Atticus is a lawyer and is defending a Negro man in court Tom Robinson something that was not often done in the south due to racism Many people feel threatened by this and feel very resentful toward Atticus Throughout the novel all the members of the Finches and many others display courage in their attempts to stand up for what they believe in In the beginning of the novel we meet Jean Louise Finch or Scout for short Scout is an energetic little six year old She still has her innocence and has not yet been able to understand the concepts of racial discrimination or hate Scout is confused by what some of her classmates have been saying about her father Atticus Finch Many of her classmates call Atticus a nigger lover Being only six Scout does not know how to handle such situations so she solves her problems by fighting On the day that Tom Robinson was moved to the Maycomb jail to await his trial Atticus left the house to go and sit outside of the jail to watch over Tom to make sure that nothing happens to him Scout Jem and Dill followed him there to make sure that nothing happened to him Suddenly several cars pulled up at the jail A mob got out of the vehicles and demanded that Atticus step aside so that they could get at Tom Frightened the children came running to Atticus side and asked him if everything was okay Atticus told them to go home but they refused Suddenly Scout saw a man
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